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A tomato a day...

...keeps the doctor away. The bright red fruit that forms a vital part of everything from shahi paneer and butter chicken to salsa and ketchup, packs a solid nutritional punch.

india Updated: Sep 19, 2009 18:43 IST

tomatoAre you aware that the tomato is actually a fruit, not a vegetable? That particular trivia aside, did you also know that it packs a nutritional punch? Here are some nutritional benefits of the tangy red fruit:

Eating tomatoes regularly reduces the risk of heart attacks. Daily consumption also protects the body from liver congestion and ailments such as indigestion, jaundice, constipation, diabetes and intestinal disorders. It is also a natural remedy to any kind of infections in the body.

It helps purify blood when taken daily.

It improves the texture of your skin and is high on vitamin C.

Tomatoes are also high in lycopene content, which is an important anti-oxidant that helps fight against the formation of cancer cells.

It is high on fibre and low on calories, and hence helps in weight loss.

The digestive system stays healthy if a glass of tomato juice is consumed daily.

It also helps rid the body of toxic elements.

— Compiled by himadree