Did you know that the humble tomato has a plethora of health benefits? This bright red fruit is versatile and affordable – and tasty! There’s no reason why you shouldn’t dig in. Here are the many pros.

Tomatoes are a good source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K, which are all vital vitamins and minerals we need.

It also contains the following, according to Healthline:

  • Lycopene. A red pigment and antioxidant, lycopene has been extensively studied for its beneficial health effects
  • Beta carotene. An antioxidant that often gives foods a yellow or orange hue, beta carotene is converted into vitamin A in your body.
  • Naringenin. Found in tomato skin, this flavonoid has been shown to decrease inflammation and protect against various diseases in mice.
  • Chlorogenic acid. A powerful antioxidant compound, chlorogenic acid may lower blood pressure in people with elevated levels.

In addition, tomatoes may also help with digestion. This fruit is rich in fibre and may relieve constipation, according to Health Magazine. 

There’s more: they also contain nutrients that support vision and can protect against eye conditions including cataracts and macular degeneration.

At the moment, there seems to be a shortage of tomatoes in the Western Cape, though. You might need to hold on just a bit before getting your hands on this super-fruit.


Tomatoes in scarce supply, expensive

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Article written by

Anita Froneman