Holistic Nutrition – Tomato

Several risk factors related to an individual’s lifestyle can contribute to ill health. One of the risk factors include an unhealthy diet which can be modifiable. Modify your diet by including these wonderful gifts of nature as part of your healthy and balanced diet for optimal health and wellbeing.

The featured ingredient for the month of february is tomato. Its scientific name is Solanum lycopersicum.  Tomato originated from Peru and was introduced to Europe by Spanish people during the Spanish colonization in the 16th century.

Tomato is botanically considered as a fruit but is commonly eaten and prepared like a vegetable. It comes in a variation of colours; green, yellow, orange and red when matured. Tomato is the major dietary source of lycopene (antioxidant) and the redder it is, the more lycopene it contains. Here are the benefits of including them in your diet: ​