Health Benefits of the World’s Most Popular Fruit
If you had to guess, what would you say the most popular fruit in the world was?
If you picked apples, bananas, or anything other than tomatoes, you’re wrong. Although often classified as a vegetable, tomatoes are technically a fruit.
But whether they’re a fruit or a vegetable, tomatoes are still superfoods that offer amazing benefits, such as:
- Tomatoes contain antioxidants in the form of lycopene. Those with low levels of lycopene in their blood are 23 percent more likely to suffer from a heart attack.
- With vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium, tomatoes are great for eye, bone, immune system, and nervous system health.
- Tomatoes are also very versatile. They can be eaten cooked or raw, in sandwiches or on pizza, and come canned, jarred, and in the form of sauce or salsa.
When choosing a tomato, go for one that has been grown outside or in a greenhouse. The color of a ripe tomato should be consistent and it should smell sweet and earthy.
To peel them, gently score an X on the bottom of the fruit with a knife and place it in boiling water for 30 to 45 seconds. Then, transfer to ice water and the skin should easily peel off.
Incorporating tomatoes into your diet is easy and fun!