Tomatoes are low-calorie and nutrient-dense, what health benefits can individuals gain from their consumption?
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All varieties of tomatoes offer nutrients, including potassium and vitamin C, making them part of a balanced diet.
Various tomato recipes and products can offer a balance of nutrients. Variety is key and this applies to all fruits and vegetables. Try them raw, cooked, and steamed, as the different methods can offer different benefits.
Tomatoes are low in calories and rich in nutrients. A raw, medium-sized tomato contains roughly 22 calories and less than 1 gram of fat. It is low sodium and low glycemic, with just 6 milligrams of sodium and 3 grams of sugar. They are an excellent source of hydration as a raw tomato contains about half a cup of water.
A medium tomato includes the following nutrients: (USDA: FoodData Central. 2018)
USDA: FoodData Central. Tomatoes, red, ripe, raw, year-round average.
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