Fun Fact: Did you know that if all British tomatoes were lined up end to end, they would wrap around the equator 8 times!
The Great British tomato is being celebrated across the UK as part of British Tomato Week, so we wanted to give you the lowdown on this popular fruit/vegetable (the debate continues but technically it’s a fruit!).
There are 10,000 varieties of tomatoes in the world including red and yellow, small or big, cooked or raw, whole or in a sauce, tomatoes find their way in every home.
Their versatility isn’t the only thing that makes tomatoes so special, they are also very good for our health and body:
- Very low in calories, tomatoes are the perfect slimming ally. With the right diet and some exercise, adding tomatoes to your meal can really help you reach your fitness goals. Thanks to its high water and fibre content, it quickly soothes the feeling of hunger without you needing to add a lot of fat or calories.
- Tomatoes are very beneficial for our skin. They contain beta-carotene and lycopene which help protect the skin against UV lights and thus reduce wrinkles. Lycopene also helps to prevent the development of certain cancers.
- They are a good source of vitamin A which helps improve sight, but also the quality of your hair by making it stronger and brighter.
- Around 90% of any tomato is water which provides great additional hydration to your body and supports toxin removal.
- Tomatoes strengthen bones. The vitamin K and calcium contained in tomatoes strengthen and repair bone structure.
- Raw tomato is a really good source of vitamin C. Every 100g contains 19.38% of vitamin C which boosts your immune system.
Tomatoes are one of the best supporting foods to a good diet, with multiple nutritional benefits as well as offering several ways to enhance your meals. To get the most out of tomatoes, choose organic tomatoes to avoid any pesticides and keep them out of the fridge so they keep all their taste and texture. What will you be cooking with tomatoes this week?