Tomatoes ~ What is good in them ?

What is good in Tomatoes ?

  • Tomatoes are rich in calcium, potassium and phosphorus. Potassium content of tomatoes is very high.
  • They are rich in beta carotene which is very useful for the eyes.
  • They are also good source of vitamin C.
  • Tomatoes have more than 200 volatile compounds.
  • Tomatoes are low calorie fruit which provides adequate nutrients.
Redness of the tomatoes is due to a pigment lycopene and the phytochemicals carotenoids. Lycopene is an antioxidant that has ability to fight cancer. During the ripening stage the chlorophyll of the green tomatoes is converted to limonene and thus the tomatoes are turned red.

Many studies have suggested that people who eat a large amount of tomatoes have a reduced risk for a number of types of cancers. Tomatoes in many forms, including raw, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, tomato paste, soup and salsa have same benefit.  Benefits were found from all those forms. Even cooking and processing tomatoes did not diminish the effect.

Tomatoes are rich in several phytochemicals believed to have anticancer properties. The most prominent of these phytochemicals is a compound that leads to the formation of carotenoids, chemicals that can protect cells from the effects of oxidants. Tomatoes are a particularly rich source of several carotenoids, including Lycopene.

More than 67 million tons of tomatoes are grown worldwide each year.

Tomatoes, the darling of the backyard gardener, the star of salads and spaghetti sauces, and now a possible weapon against cancer, were once considered poisonous fruit to be avoided. The tomato, a relative of the deadly nightshade family of plants, was held in high suspicion after it was brought to Europe from Mexico in the 1500s. It was grown in Spain and became a mainstay of Italian food, but was not widely accepted until the 1800s. Now, more than 67 million tons of the smooth-skinned, succulent fruit are grown worldwide each year. About 9 million tons are grown commercially in the United States — and that doesn’t count the millions of backyard gardeners who favor the tomato because it grows in a variety of soils and requires little skill. There are more than 4,000 varieties of the tomato, ranging from the small, marble-size cherry tomato to the giant Ponderosa that can weigh more than 3 pounds. Most commercial tomatoes are processed into foods, including sauces, pastes, purees, ketchups, soups and salsas.

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About Manbir & Gurpreet

Gurpreet Kaur’s journey in this world .... Gurpreet Kaur was a Musician. She was a singer and a composer of music. Her interest was composing and singing Gurbani Shabads in Indian Classical style. She sang Shabads in All the Raags mentioned in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. She also taught Gurmat Sangeet at Gurmat Gian Missionary College, Jawadi, Ludhiana. Elder child to Pushpinder Kaur and Dr. Brig. Harminder Singh, was born in Amritsar on 13th Jan 1962. She attended various convent schools as a child because her father would get frequent Army postings as a dental surgeon. She graduated with Music Honors from Govt. College for Women, Chandigarh. Music was her hobby and she composed and sang Raag based Gurbani Shabads. Doing Kirtan was part of growing up nurtured by her parents. She learned music from her father Dr. Brigadier Harminder Singh who was a dental surgeon in Indian Army and a very good singer himself. Gurpreet’s Bhua (father’s sister), Ajit Kaur retied as a Head of Department of Music from Govt. College for Women Ludhiana, and was a renounced Punjabi singer of her time. Gurpreet Kaur also learned nuances of Indian Classical Music from Pandita Sharma. She was a mother of three children, and a grandmother. Her daughter Keerat Kaur is a Computer Engineer. Her two sons Gurkeerat Singh and Jaskeerat Singh are doctors in USA. Her daughter Keerat Kaur too was part of her group ~ Gurmat Gian Group. Gurpreet Kaur left this world at the age of 54yrs on 12th Sept 2016 in Baltimore USA. She had recorded around 25 cds of Gurbani Keertan. 'Raag Ratan' Album (6 CDs) is a Compilation of Shabads in All the 31 Sudh Raags of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 'Gauri Sagar' Album (3 CDs) is a Compilation of All forms of Raag Gauri in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 'Nanak Ki Malhaar' ~ ((3 CDs) is an album of Raag Malhar Shabads in various forms of Malhar. 'Gur Parsaad Basant Bana' ~ (3 CDs) is an album of Shabads in Raag Basant sung in various forms of Raag Basant. Har Ki Vadeyai Sarni Aayea Sewa Priya Kee Preet Piyaree Mohan Ghar Aavho Karo Jodariya Mo Kao Taar Le Raama Taar Le Tere Kavan Kavan Gun Keh Keh Gawan Mera Baid Guru Govinda Saajanrraa Mera Saajanrraa

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