If you love tomatoes, try adding dried tomatoes to your diet. Drying concentrates the flavor of the bright red vine fruit. In addition to enhancing the flavor, the drying process also concentrates the nutritional benefits of consuming tomatoes.
Tomatoes are especially high in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. Studies suggest lycopene may lower the risk of developing certain types of cancer. Dried tomatoes have a larger amount of bioavailable lycopene than canned and fresh varieties. Lycopene may also protect the skin from sun damage.
In addition to lycopene, tomatoes are also packed with Vitamin C. In addition to strengthening the immune system, Vitamin C protects against worsening cold and flu symptoms. People who have a cold or the flu may avoid pneumonia or a lung infection by taking Vitamin C. Because Vitamin C is water-soluble, the body is always using and eliminating the vitamin. During stress, the body uses Vitamin C more quickly; therefore, it is important to always replenish the body's supply.
Tomatoes also contain lutein and zeaxanthin. Both nutrients protect the eyes from age-related conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration. Lutein, lycopene, and zeaxanthin exhibit anti-cancer activity. Lycopene is believed to lower the risk of developing prostate cancer.
One serving of sundried tomatoes supplies 14 grams of protein and nearly half of the daily recommended intake of fiber. Protein and fiber help you feel full and avoid consuming excess calories. Fiber supports the gastrointestinal system and may help protect against insulin spikes.
Tomatoes pair well with many foods. The dried fruit can be added to pasta, pizza, spreads, salads, and vegetable dips. We have high-quality dried tomatoes for all your snacking needs and recipes.