Friday, August 24, 2012

FRIDAY - and that little tomato is going right into a...

a what ?? Stay tuned and find out what awesome little number we are whipping up for your 5:00's tall and spicy and...

but before we let the Friday tomato out of the bag...enjoy our last day of tomato trivia learning just how great this little red guy is for you:

Tomato Nutrition Facts: What Nutrients Are in Tomatoes?

Find out top tomato nutrition facts and the nutrient content in tomatoes.

Tomato Nutrition Facts: #1

Tomatoes have good amounts of some basic necessary nutrients.
One medium sized-tomato provides over a third of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, and nearly a third of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A.
Tomatoes are also a great source of fiber, carbohydrate, potassium and iron.

Tomato Nutrition Facts: #2

Tomatoes have low amounts of potentially unhealthy nutrients. Too much fat and sodium can exacerbate many health issues for millions. Tomatoes are low in each of these nutrients.

Tomato Nutrition Facts: #3

Tomatoes have high amounts of special nutrients. Tomatoes are an outstanding source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been shown to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Quick and fun nutrition facts

  • Tomatoes are diet-friendly: A tomato is more than 90 % water and is very low in sodium. It’s a diuretic that helps eliminate toxins while you’re on a diet.
  • Tomatoes are heart-healthy: A tomato has 0 grams of cholesterol and contains extremely small amounts of fat.
  • Tomatoes are nutrient-rich: A tomato’s vitamin C content increases as the fruit ripens. Vine-ripened tomatoes contain nearly twice the vitamin C and beta-carotene as their green-picked counterparts.

Tomato Nutrient Analysis

Serving size: this information presents nutrient amounts for 1 cup fresh, chopped tomato (approximately 1/3 pound or 1 average size tomato)
Approximate serving size equivalents:
8-10 cherry tomatoes
2-3 small tomatoes
1/8 cup tomato paste
8 ounces canned tomatoes (1 cup)
½ cup tomato juice

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