by Kristin Stephens, MS, NTP

Tomatoes are a rich source of lycopene, an antioxidant which can help prevent osteoporosis, heart disease, and even certain types of cancer. Tomatoes also contain a good amount of Vitamin C, and less commonly known nutrients such as molybdenum, biotin, manganese, and copper.

The phytonutrient content of tomatoes is outstanding, including flavonones, flavonols, carotenoids, and glycosides. These antioxidant nutrients protect the body from oxygen damage to fats, help enzymes function better, and lower oxidative stress in the body.

There are hundreds of different types of tomatoes, so you have your choice when it comes to including them in your meals. From yellow to purple, and beefsteak to roma, the varieties of tomatoes each offer a slightly different nutrient profile. Mix it up and try a new tomato the next time you’re at a farmer’s market.