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NUTRITION CORNER: Health benefits of Tomato

There are many health benefits that can be derived from tomato.

It is very low in calories and fats but a rich source of dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins.

The antioxidants present in tomatoes are found to be protective against many cancers including colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers.

Tomato contains very good levels of vitamin A which is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and flavonoid anti-oxidants such as alpha and beta carotenes which help to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

It is also a good source of antioxidant vitamin-C which helps the body develop resistance against infections.

Fresh tomato is very rich in potassium, an important component of cell and body fluids, which helps in controlling heart rate and blood pressure.

It is also a good source of folate, iron, calcium, manganese and other minerals.#