Tomatoes are mainly a carbohydrate with some fibre, but they are best known for their vitamin and mineral content which includes calcium, magnesium, beta-carotene (which becomes vitamin A when consumed), vitamins C and E, some B vitamins and vitamin K.
Tomatoes are the major dietary source of theantioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source ofvitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K.6
Tomatoes also contain a compound called lycopene, which also gives them their red colour, and there is growing research into its properties and potential for reducing ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL) and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Tomatoes are a good source of vitamin K which is necessary for blood clotting and wound healing.