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Tomato

Discussion in 'Indian Diet & Nutrition' started by vidyasundar, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. vidyasundar

    vidyasundar Bronze IL'ite

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    Tomato world's most popular fruit

    The tomato is the world's most popular fruit. And yes, just like the brinjal and the pumpkin, botanically speaking it is a fruit, not a vegetable. More than 60 million tons of tomatoes are produced per year, 16 million tons more than the second most popular fruit, the banana. Apples are the third most popular (36 million tons), then oranges (34 million tons) and watermelons (22 million tons).
    Tomatoes were first cultivated in 700 AD by Aztecs and Incas. Explorers returning from Mexico introduced the tomato into Europe, where it was first mentioned in 1556. The French called it "the apple of love," the Germans "the apple of paradise."
    Tomatoes are rich in vitamins A and C and fibre, and are cholesterol free. An average size tomato (148 gram, or 5 oz) boasts only 35 calories. Furthermore, new medical research suggests that the consumption of lycopene - the stuff that makes tomatoes red - may prevent cancer. Lycopene is part of the family of pigments called carotenoids, which are natural compounds that create the colours of fruits and vegetables. For example, beta carotene is the orange pigment in carrots. As with essential amino acids, they are not produced by the human body. Lycopene us the most powerful antioxidant in the carotenoid family and, with vitamins C and E, protect us from the free radicals that degrade many parts of the body.
    The scientific term for the common tomato is lycopersicon lycopersicum, which mean "wolf peach." It is a cousin of the eggplant, red pepper, ground cherry, potato, and the highly toxic belladonna, also known as the nightshade or solanaccae. There are more than 10,000 varieties of tomatoes.
    Tomatoes are used in many food product, including, of course, tomato sauce (ketchup), pasta and pizza. According to a Steel Packing Council survey of 1997, 68% of chefs use canned tomatoes for convenience, quality and flavouring. It hasn't changed much since.
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    Tomatoes - world's most popular fruit.​
    A fruit is the edible part of the plant that contains the seeds, while a vegetable is the edible stems, leaves, and roots of the plant.
    Cooked tomatoes have higher concentrations of lycopene than non-cooked tomatoes.
    Don't store ripe tomatoes in the fridge. Cold temperatures lessen the flavour in tomatoes.
     
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  2. Huma

    Huma Silver IL'ite

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    hi

    nice thread........:wave
     
  3. Eljaype

    Eljaype Bronze IL'ite

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    Hi Vidya,

    That is very nice article. What you say is right. Tomatoes are really good for your health.

    Lycopene, the red pigment found in the tomatoes, appears to act as an antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals that can damage cells in the body. Only recently, studies have revealed that lycopene may have twice the punch of another well-known antioxidant beta carotene. Not only in prostrate problems, but also helps prevent Lung cancer.:)

    Raw tomatoes are very good for you but cooking them makes them release even more benefits. Lycopene is located in the cell wall of the tomato and so by cooking in a bit of oil, this healing compound is more fully released. In addition cooking the tomato in olive oil allows your body to absorb the lycopene better. Sauteed tomatoes seems to be the best as also our Tomato Rasam, tomato sauce / ketchup, Pickles etc.
    Happy tomato eating
    Love
    Latha :wave
     
  4. anitha78

    anitha78 New IL'ite

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    hai vidya ...

    Really very informative thread.I heared from many people that seeds in the tomato are that which cause kidney stones ....is that true ?????

    And do we have to take the seeds off while cooking tomatoes

    anitha
     
  5. Eljaype

    Eljaype Bronze IL'ite

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    Hi Anitha,

    Here is the answer to your question. You can go to the link below to learn about this in detail.

    Dr. Kocher: Eating tomatoes as well as eating more green leafy vegetables and vegetables with seeds such as brinjal, ladyfinger does increase the consumption of oxalate which is a very important component of calcium stones. However, the oxalate that comes in the urine is only 10% from the ingested products, 90% of urinary oxalate comes from the body’s own formation. And for this, as yet, we have no medications to put that into solution. However, the high intake of citrate causes increase solubility of calcium oxalate and thereby helps in preventing stone formation.

    Kidney stones - DoctorNDTV

    Love
    Latha :wave
     
  6. anitha78

    anitha78 New IL'ite

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    hai latha....

    Thanks for the information ......that was good !!!...I will check out the site ...

    bye
    anitha
     
  7. latamurali

    latamurali Gold IL'ite

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    Hi vidya, anitha,latha

    Nice post

    read all the replies, thank u very much for all the messages

    I thought uncooked tomatoes are very good for health than cooked ones

    latamurali
     

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