Canned Tomatoes

Tomatoes | Nutrition by the Can | Canned Food Alliance
  • One-half cup of canned tomatoes provides 20% of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C. 
  • It is nearly 60 percent more expensive to obtain dietary fiber from fresh tomatoes as from the same portion of canned tomatoes. Not only is the price of canned tomatoes lower than fresh for the same serving size, but fresh tomatoes take longer to prepare, adding to the total cost of fresh. 
  • Tomatoes contain lycopene, an important carotenoid, which may help protect against prostate cancer and heart disease. 
  • One-half cup of canned tomatoes provides 11.8 milligrams of lycopene compared to just 3.7 milligrams found in one medium fresh, uncooked tomato.

 

Quick Tips for Using Canned Tomatoes:

  • Use cilantro-flavored canned, chopped tomatoes for a quick salsa, or use them as a topping on a baked potato. 
  • Flavor plain diced canned tomatoes with a bit of ground cumin and serve warm as a sauce for chicken or fish. 
  • Give your favorite vegetable soup a nutritional punch by adding any type of your favorite canned tomatoes. 
  • Top nachos or tacos with canned diced tomatoes packed with green chiles to add flavor, nutrition and to avoid chopping.

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