Sun dried tomatoes have most of their moisture removed through a days-long drying process. This makes their skin thicker, which helps to stop bacteria and microorganisms from spoiling the fruit. The drying also slows down the natural enzymes that make fruit turn mushy.
Besides extending their shelf-life, sun-drying tomatoes also concentrates their flavor, making them even more delicious.
If tomatoes are a superfood then sun-dried tomatoes are super superfoods! Tomatoes are known for their high source of vitamins C, A and E, as well as providing elements of folic acid, and potassium. They also contain essential antioxidants such as lycopene which helps reduce the risk of cancer.
Sun-dried tomatoes are packed full of vitamin C, with one cup providing 23 % of the daily recommended intake. They are also charged with vitamin A, which helps against eye degeneration and certain cancers such as prostate.
Sun dried tomatoes are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They have a particularly high concentration of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant.
- Immune System Support
Sun dried tomatoes are packed with Vitamin C. While Vitamin C isn’t a cure for the common cold, there is good evidence that it may help prevent serious complications caused by colds. This includes complications caused by pneumonia and lung infections. Vitamin C has also been shown to be good for people whose immune systems have been weakened due to stress. Your vitamin C levels can drop quickly in times of stress, especially for individuals who smoke, drink heavily, or are obese. Taking in enough to replace what’s been lost is important for staying healthy.
- Digestive Health
Just 100 grams of sun dried tomatoes has more than 40% of your daily recommended intake of dietary fiber. While both soluble (dissolves in water) and insoluble (does not dissolve in water) fiber is present in sun dried tomatoes, the majority is insoluble. This makes sun dried tomatoes a good choice for helping with constipation.
Sun dried tomatoes are also a good source of:
Nutrients per serving
Every 100 grams of sun dried tomatoes contains approximately:
- Calories: 258
- Protein: 14 grams
- Fat: 3 grams
- Carbohydrates: 56 grams
- Fiber: 12 grams
- Sugar: 38 grams
- Free radicals are natural byproducts of chemical processes in your body, but they damage cells and contribute to diseases, such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Antioxidants protect your health by neutralizing free radicals and lowering inflammation. One cup of sun-dried tomatoes provides 23 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C and 16 percent of vitamin A. Vitamin C supports the immune system and neutralizes free radicals throughout the body. Vitamin A refers to a group of substances with different roles. As a vitamin, it’s essential for vision and strengthens the immune system. Three other members of the vitamin A family – lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin – work as antioxidants. One cup of sun-dried tomatoes has about 1 milligram of lutein and zeaxanthin and 25 milligrams of lycopene. Lutein and zeaxanthin protect your eyes from age-related diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration. All three exhibit anti-cancer activity, but lycopene is specifically associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer.
- Antioxidants contribute to heart health by reducing inflammation in the blood vessels. A serving of sun-dried tomatoes delivers further heart benefits by providing 6 percent of the recommended daily intake of calcium and 25 percent of magnesium. Calcium is a well-known component of bones, but it also stimulates the contraction of heart muscles. Magnesium has the opposite role, helping to ensure normal heart rhythm by causing the heart muscles to relax. Calcium and magnesium also regulate blood pressure by coordinating the contraction and relaxation of blood vessel walls.
- In addition to containing 6 percent of the daily intake of calcium, 1 cup of sun-dried tomatoes has 25 percent of the recommended intake of magnesium and 27 percent of phosphorus. Calcium combines with phosphorus to create the primary bone-building mineral hydroxyapatite, while magnesium helps form the matrix that supports the other minerals.
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