This page been viewed 5509 times

 Health Benefits of Tomatoes

  Last Updated : Mar 22,2018

5/5 stars      1 REVIEW

13 Healthy Benefits of Tomatoes

Be it Sambhar from South India , a subzi from the North, or a salsa from elsewhere, many foods owe their superb texture, taste and colour to tomatoes. Common though the veggie (technically a fruit) is, it has a distinct tang, vibrant colour and juicy mouth-feel that set it apart from other ingredients. Sometimes the tomatoes are chopped and sautéed, sometimes they are pureed and added to the dish, but whatever form they take, their presence is felt. You can work it into a juice, soup, subzi, dal, rice or many more such dishes, as we have shown in this article.

1. Powerful Antioxidant : Tomatoes are rich in Lycopene. When one thinks of Tomatoes, only Lycopene comes to mind. Lycopene in the blood may reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases and decrease cellular inflammation.

2. Get all your Vitamin C at one go: Tomatoes are super rich in Vitamin C and provide 100% of your daily requirement in just one cup. Great to fight colds and coughts.

3. Good for Heart : Eating tomatoes daily decreases the bad cholesterol LDL in your body which reduces the risk of cardiovasular disease in the body. Tomateos are Cholesterol free.

4. Good for Weight Loss : One cup of chopped tomatoes contains only 30 calories. Great snack to keep at work or munch at work by topping with some spice.

5. Helps your body to produce and maintain new cells : Tomatoes are rich in Folate or Folic Acid which helps your body to produce and maintain new cells, especially red blood cells.

6. Tomatoes are a Pregnant womens friend : One cup of tomatoes provides 23% of your Folic Acid requirements. So have your tomatoes as part of topping up your folic acid from lots of sources.

7. Provides Energy : Tomatoes are a good source of Thiamine which helpd form ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which body uses to provide energy.

8. Makes bones strong : Calcium from Tomatoes will make your bones strong. As the human body consistently remove small amounts of calcium from our bones and that has to be topped up with Calcium rich foods.

9. Good for Diabetics : As they are low in carbs and don’t shoot up your insulin levels, they are a super food for Diabetics.

10. Your Eyes good friend: Being rich in Vitamin A, it plays a critical role in maintaining healthy vision. In its retinal form it combines with the protein ‘opsin’ to form rhodopsin which is an essential light absorbing molecule that aids is vision, especially in dim light.

11. Low Carb Diet: Those on a low carb diet can safely consume tomatoes.

12. Fights Cancer : The lycopene in tomatoes is a potent antioxidant. It fights the spread of cancer cells and is proven to prevent heart disease by reducing lipid oxidation.

13. Urinary Infection : What’s more, its high water content is known to be work against urinary infection too – this being a common problem amongst office and school goers, especially in the summer months, we have all the more reason to stock up on tomatoes!

Top 10 Healthy Tomatoe Recipes

The Tomato Apple Drink is a simple treat of tomatoes and apples sweetened with honey, while the Garlicky Lentil and Tomato Soup is a more sumptuous fare made with masoor dal and tomatoes, without any unhealthy thickeners. The Tomato Onion Raita is an easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy accompaniment that is nonetheless very healthy.

The Kerala Style Tomato Dal, made of toovar dal and tomatoes in coconut gravy, is another tasty dish that gives you a nutrition boost. The Tomato Cucumber Onion Salad is super fast to make and its low carb, low fat and diabetic friendly.

These and many more tomato-based delights await you in this article, and on our website and mobile app. Bring home a basketful of tomatoes and get started!

Health Benefits Of Tomatoes

Like most South Indian recipes, this is a hot and spicy tomato and onion chutney. Perk up your meal with this chutney. Purée this to make a smooth chutney and enjoy the contrasting flavours.
 by Tarla Dalal
A cool blend of vitamins A, C and lycopene, which is so delicious you will never guess it is a health drink! The Tomato Apple Drink wins due to the smart combination of ingredients, which give an out-of-the-world flavour and a good nutrient boost as well. Tomatoes, known for their antioxidant properties combine beautifully with the well-known apple, which helps keep the doctor away! Honey enhances the natural sweetness of this drink, rounding off its flavour very well. It is important to strain this drink in order to get the proper flavour and texture. Although this means that you lose out on some fibre, the other nutrients are still there for grabs, so don’t worry! Serve this at a party, and your guests will thank you for choosing this over typical calorie-loaded options.
 by Tarla Dalal
Tomato shorba is a tangy soup made from tomatoes and coconut milk, mildly spiced with cumin seeds and green chillies. The addition of jaggery imparts a slight sweetness and reduces the sourness of tomatoes, making the soup all the more pleasing to the palate.
 by Tarla Dalal
This unusual soup has been prepared from masoor dal, which is known for being rich in protein and zinc. Tomatoes give it a lovely red tinge whereas onions and garlic impart an enticing aroma. I’ve blended this soup to give it a nice creamy texture without actually adding cream! It’s a great soup, which fills you up before the meal so that you do not binge on other high-calorie foods.
 by Tarla Dalal
One of the most popular raitas in both North and South India, the Tomato Onion Raita combines the tangy taste of tomatoes with the sharp taste and juicy crunch of onions, to make a fabulous raita. A dash of cumin seeds powder, some green chillies and a garnish of coriander go a long way in making this raita totally irresistible. The South Indian variant includes a tempering of mustard seeds and red chillies, for a bit more spice! Enjoy this flavoursome raita with your favourite pulao, paratha or khichdi.
Health-freaks will definitely love this drink not just for its nutrients but also for its colour and taste. The fruits and vegetables used to prepare this juice have been carefully chosen, which is infused with sufficient vitamins A, C and digestive enzymes, to meet a daily requirement. It is very satisfying and satiating and provides only 31 calories! To retain the fibre, use a big holed strainer to strain the juice.
 by Tarla Dalal
Cucumber is a vegetable with a high water content and is therefore relatively low in calories and carbohydrates. Try having cucumber with its peel which itself is a great source of fibre and many more nutrients. The fat free lemon juice and soya sauce dressing enhances this salad, especially when it is served chilled.
If you don’t have any exotic vegetable or ingredient at home, and yet want to quickly rustle up a different, nice salad, this is it. Chunky tomato wedges, sliced onions and cucumber slices do very well in a tangy, spicy dressing of vinegar, sugar, mustard and chilli flakes. The dressing here is boiled together here before tossing it in with the vegetables. This fiery-to-taste salad tastes even better when it is served chilled. Delicious!
 by Tarla Dalal
This dal brings in a distinct south Indian flavor to the table. Toovar dal is cooked with a ground paste of coconut, red chilies and jeera, while tomatoes and jaggery enhance the flavor. Don’t forget to temper the dal with curry leaves and mustard seeds. Tastes awesome with steamed rice!
 by Tarla Dalal
Paneer bhurji is a popular preparation loved by indians across the world. It is an easy, spicy dish that tastes great with bread and parathas! down south, paneer bhurji is sometimes used as a stuffing for dosas to make paneer dosa, similar to the aloo-filled masala dosa! the most important tip for making fantastic paneer bhurji is to use fresh cottage cheese, and make the bhurji just before serving; otherwise it tends to get a little soggy.
Subscribe to the free food mailer

Best Snacks for a Cocktail Party

Missed out on our mailers?
Our mailers are now online!

View Mailer Archive

Privacy Policy: We never give away your email
Rate and review this recipe and get 15 days FREE bonus membership!

REGISTER NOW If you are a new user.
Or Sign In here, if you are an existing member.

Login Name

Forgot Login / Passowrd?Click here

If your Gmail or Facebook email id is registered with, the accounts will be merged. If the respective id is not registered, a new account will be created.

Are you sure you want to delete this review ?

Click OK to sign out from tarladalal.
For security reasons (specially on shared computers), proceed to Google and sign out from your Google account.