6 Benefits of Tomatoes for Children
Tomatoes contain quite complete nutrition, so they are good for consumption by children. In addition, this fruit which is often mistaken for a vegetable can also provide extraordinary benefits for the health and development of children, you know. Know what are the benefits of tomatoes for children.
This fruit, which has the Latin name Solanum lycopersicum, is quite easy to find in Indonesia and is economical in price. Tomatoes can be consumed directly after washing or processed into various dishes.
If your little one doesn't like eating tomatoes, you might be able to turn them into a variety of interesting dishes, such as soups, juices, fruit salads, or used as sauces for pasta mixtures.
Tomato Fruit Nutrient Content
Tomato is one type of food that is good for children's health thanks to its diverse nutritional content. This fruit contains many antioxidants, such as lycopene, lutein, beta carotene, and flavonoids.
In 1 tomato contains about 20 calories and a variety of the following nutrients:
- 1.5 grams of fiber
- 1 gram protein
- 4 grams of carbohydrates
- 10 milligrams of calcium
- 0.5 milligrams of iron
- 10 milligrams of magnesium
- 25 milligrams of phosphorus
- 240 milligrams of potassium
- 0.1 milligrams of zinc
- 7 milligrams of choline
- 15 micrograms (µg) folate
- 900 IU of vitamin A
- 20 milligrams of vitamin C
- 2 milligrams of vitamin E
- 8 micrograms of vitamin K
Benefits of Tomatoes for Children
Because of its abundant nutritional content, there are many benefits of tomatoes for children, including:
1. Supports the growth process
Tomatoes can be given as complementary foods to infants and older children, Bun. Fruits that contain carbohydrates, protein, and various vitamins and minerals are known to be good for supporting their growth and development process.
2. Increase endurance
Tomatoes contain a variety of nutrients that can strengthen a child's immune system, such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, lycopene, beta carotene, protein, and iron.
With a strong acquaintance system, your little one's body can be stronger against various viruses and bacteria that cause disease. This can make your little one fall sick less often.
3. Maintain eye health
Children aged 1 to 8 years need about 2000–3000 IU of vitamin A or the equivalent of 400–500 RE per day. Intake of these vitamins can be obtained through foods rich in vitamin A or beta carotene, including tomatoes. These nutrients play an important role in maintaining the function and health of children's eyes.
In addition to vitamin A, tomatoes also contain lutein, zeaxanthin, lycopene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and protein that is good for eye health. To maximize the benefits of these tomatoes on your little one, you can also give him other nutritious foods, such as carrots, spinach, mangoes, and sweet potatoes.
4. Prevent constipation
The fiber and water content in tomatoes is good for children's digestion. By giving him adequate fiber and water intake, your little one can avoid constipation.
5. Maintain heart health
Do you know Mother? One of the benefits of tomatoes is to maintain the function and health of the child's heart. The benefits of tomatoes are due to the fiber, potassium, and antioxidants, such as lycopene and beta-carotene contained in them.
Consumption of fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes, is known to be good for maintaining normal blood pressure, maintaining a regular heart rhythm, and lowering bad cholesterol levels. This is the reason why tomatoes are good for children's heart health.
6. Maintain healthy skin
Tomatoes can also provide benefits for children's skin health thanks to the content of lycopene, vitamins, A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. These nutrients are known to keep skin cells healthy, increase collagen production in the skin, and protect children's skin from the dangers of pollution and excessive sun exposure.
Those are the benefits of tomatoes for children that are very dear to be missed, Bun. To get these benefits optimally, choose tomatoes with smooth skin and no blemishes on the skin, and have a bright color.
In addition, don't forget to wash the tomatoes thoroughly before giving them to your little one, okay?
However, don't just rely on the benefits of tomatoes for children, OK? Make sure you also give your little one other nutritious foods every day to meet their nutritional needs. So that he is interested in eating tomatoes, Mother can try to process tomatoes into various dishes he likes.
However, if your little one still doesn't want to eat tomatoes and tends to be a picky eater, making it difficult to give healthy food, you can consult a doctor for advice on how to meet his nutritional intake so that he is not malnourished.