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What is the nutrition profile of tomatoes?


Q. I know technically tomatoes are a fruit but listed as a vegetable. Do they provide dietary benefits of a fruit?


A. While many fruits and vegetables have similar vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, they each have varying amounts which is why variety is key to reaping the nutrition benefits from fruits and veggies. Tomatoes are chock full of nutrients! They are high in vitamins A and C, a good source of potassium, low calorie, cholesterol and saturated fat free, and have heart health benefits from lycopene.  They make a great snack and are a staple in many cuisines. Enjoy the versatile tomato!



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