Grape tomatoes and oranges has been my snack of choice for a few weeks now. Even though the weather is cold, they are so sweet and yummy. We get organic tomaotes from Trader Joes or Walmart, and the organic oranges we buy from Whole Foods. Let's see what nutritional value and health benefits these particular snacks have to offer...
Tomatoes provide about 68% of the daily value of vitamin C. They are also high in vitamin A and K. They are rich in the phytonutrient lycopene, which studies have shown helps to prevent cancer. Organic tomatoes supposedly contain more lycopene than nonorganic. I do believe this nutrient is more readily available in cooked tomaotes however.
They are also a good source of fiber. And they contain potassium, niacin, vitamin B6, and folate- all vitamins that contribute to heart health. Studies have shown them to reduce cholesterol, and the juice of the tomato may prevent blood clots and act as an anti-inflammatory.
One orange contains about 116% of the daily value of vitamin C. They are also high in fiber.
They have several phytonutrients that have been shown to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, and inflammation.
They also contain compound called liminoids, which are unique to citrus fruits. These compounds have been shown to fight cancer.
Oranges also help to prevent kidney stones, ulcers, and protect against rheumatoid arthritis.
Wow. With all of the health benefits, why not join me in eating tomatoes and oranges? :) What is your favorite snack? Share below in the comments section! :)
Nutritional information obtained from one of my favorite nutritional websites, http://whfoods.org .