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Tomatoes are rich in health-promoting phytonutrients, lycopene, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which offer antioxidant protection. Lycopene has been shown to offer protection form prostate cancer in men, while increased beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin intake decreases the risk for eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and cataract development.
Tomatoes are also excellent sources of vitamin C and the mineral potassium.