The Tomato 🍅
I could easily eat these 1 by 1 all day. Your first crunch into one and you can feel the juice burst into your mouth, that flavour from just one tomato.
Whether you refer to a tomato as a fruit or veg, there is still no doubt that a tomato is full of nutrients that most people should be eating more of. A “functional food” it provides a role in preventing chronic disease and also delivers other health benefits.
Fruit and veg intake can benefit with healthy skin and hair, and increase in energy and lower weight. Significantly decreasing the risk of obesity.
Tomatoes are a rich source of vitamins A, C and folic acid. Contain beneficial nutrients and antioxidants, including alpha-lipoic asid, lycopene, choline, folic acid, beta-carotene and lutein.
From health sources, one medium tomato (around 123 grams) provides 22 calories, 0 grams of fat, 5 grams of carbs and 1 gram of protein (including 1 gram of fiber and 3 grams of sugar).
Easy and quick to chop up and put into every meal. If it’s the taste that bothers you, then seasoning and other foods can balance or even cut the taste out.
Dip them into some dips. Add them to the children’s wraps and sandwiches. Put a tin of diced tomatoes into sauces if making pasta, Spag Bol
or stews Chicken & Dumpling Stew
and soups. Make your own quick salsa. Drizzle tomatoes and sliced mozzarella with balsamic vinegar onto a plate. Make a quick bruschetta for an appetizer.
It’s important to at least start trying to give children more fruit and veg daily.