10 Quick Facts About Tomatoes

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Tomatoes are fruits and have been grown in various parts of the world for decades. They are scientifically known as Solanum lycopersicum.

The most common varieties are red in colour. The heirloom varieties can be red, green, yellow, purple or orange. Green tomatoes that are ripe tend to have vertical stripes or other variations in the coloring. They are also sweet and soft when pressed.

10 Quick Facts About Tomatoes

Here are 10 quick facts about tomatoes you should know:

1. The red colouration of tomatoes is due to the presence of a compound called Lycopene which has been shown to help in fighting cancerous cells.facts about tomatoes

2. Tomatoes can be eaten raw or cooked. They can be used in making soups and sauces, or mixed with other vegetables to make salads and sandwiches.

3. Raw tomatoes can be used to make face masks. They help in smoothing the skin and making it glow reducing dullness.

4. Tomatoes are rich in Vitamins A & C, calcium, potassium, magnesium and phosphorous.

5. The leaves of tomato plants are toxic and are not edible.

6. Tomatoes have acidic properties which help in treating blackheads and clearing pimples.

7. Tomatoes are heart friendly because they do not contain harmful cholesterol and have low amounts of sodium. This reduces the likelihood of cardiovascular diseases.

8. The more a tomato ripens, the more the amount of Vitamin C it contains. Tomatoes picked when ripe have higher amounts of the vitamin than those picked while yellow and allowed to ripen slowly.

9. Tomatoes are rich in chromium which aids in the regulation of blood sugar levels among diabetic patients. It also helps in regulating high blood pressure.

10. Tomatoes help in improving eye sight and strengthening bones.

Tomatoes are widely used in making tomato jam and tomato sauce/ketchup.

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