Aug 8, 2008 - Cookery, Health & Fitness    2 Comments    5,475 views

Are tomatoes better eaten raw or cooked?

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Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C. They also contain vitamin A and B, potassium, iron and phosphorus, as well as antioxidants. A medium-sized tomato also contains the same amount of fibre as a slice of wholemeal bread, with less the calories!

To enjoy their antioxidant value, cooked tomatoes are actually better, as cooking breaks down the tough cellular walls, releasing the lycopene (antioxidant in tomato) for the body’s use.

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  • Good question! This applies not only to tomatoes but also to other raw vegetables. I know some should be boiled to avoid any kind of parasites. As for tomatoes I love eating raw rather than boiled or grilled. I guess it depends on what type of benefit to draw. If to supplement taste of my grilled steak i’d go with cooked tomatoes. If i were to eat for the benefit of vitamins i’d go with salad. It’s a known fact that once you boil or fry vegetables they lose their preserved vitamins and minerals.


  • unbelievable…..all these days i had thought that raw tomatoes just like everything eaten raw instead of cooked gives more benefits.this is great information and thanks a lot of giving the reference.

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