Tomato Paste - Antioxidant and Cancer Buster


Useful in:
Cardiovascular disorders | Antioxidants | Anti-inflammatory | Skin | Bones | Cancer | Anti-aging | Obesity | Asthma | Women health | Macular degeneration |
Nutrients:
Serving size: 100 g

Nutrients Amount
Water 73.5 g
Energy 82 kcal
Protein 4.32 g
Total lipid (fat) 0.47 g
Carbohydrate, by difference 18.91 g
Fiber, total dietary 4.1 g
Sugars, total 12.18 g
Minerals
Calcium, Ca 36 mg
Iron, Fe 2.98 mg
Magnesium, Mg 42 mg
Phosphorus, P 83 mg
Potassium, K 1014 mg
Sodium, Na 59 mg
Zinc, Zn 0.63 mg
Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 21.9 mg
Thiamin 0.06 mg
Riboflavin 0.153 mg
Niacin 3.076 mg
Vitamin B-6 0.216 mg
Folate, DFE 12 µg
Vitamin A, RAE 76 µg
Vitamin A, IU 1525 IU
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 4.3 mg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 11.4 µg
Lipids
Fatty acids, total saturated 0.1 g
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 0.067 g
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 0.16 g

Source: USDA Nutrient Database No. 28

Antioxidants:
The preparation of tomato paste makes several antioxidant compounds more bioavailable, thus improving their absorption in the body. The process increases the lycopene content as compared to raw tomatoes. This compound reduces the inflammatory diseases and is also important to decrease the risk of cancer, especially prostate cancer.

Skin:
One of the major advantages of eating tomato paste is its remarkable property of decreasing erythema or sunburn by more than 40 %. This property has been attributed to the antioxidant properties of carotenoids present in tomato paste, especially lycopene. 

High Cholesterol:
The high carotenoid content present in tomato paste has several heart benefits. They decrease the levels of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and also prevent its oxidation. Oxidation of cholesterol leads to plaque formation, which is a major cause of atherosclerosis. Tomato paste, if regularly consumed, also decreases the blood pressure and improves the flow-mediated dilation of the blood vessels, which is a measure to determine the ability of blood vessels to relax. This helps in proper blood flow and decreases several heart diseases.