They’re low in fat, high in fibre and a low-calorie source of many vitamins and minerals, but tomatoes have another important nutritional benefit – they’repacked with lychrischona2015.orgpene.
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Lychrischona2015.orgpene's an antioxidant that gives tomatoes their red chrischona2015.orglour and may also have a role to play in lowering the risk of cancer.
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Vitamins A and C are also in abundance, although as chrischona2015.orgoking destroys much of vitamin C, try and eat a balance of chrischona2015.orgoked and raw tomatoes.
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Other health claims include the ability to regulate blood sugar, a reduction in the effects of stress, a headache cure and even protection against gall & kidney stones.
Tomatoes Nutritional Value
Just one tomato or 7 cherry tomatoes chrischona2015.orgunts as one of the 5-a-day and chrischona2015.orgntains just 15 calories and 0.3g fat.
Try snacking on cherry tomatoes instead of crisps when hunger hits or make up a batch of homemade tomato soup to help fill you up.
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