Cherry tomatoes are miniature versions of traditional beefsteak
tomatoes, but they are equally as nutritious. In addition to the 1.3
grams of protein, 1.8 grams of fiber and 20 milligrams of vitamin C in 1
cup of cherry tomatoes, you also get a healthy dose of other vitamins and minerals essential for good health.
A cup of cherry tomatoes contains 27 calories.
If you're under the age of 50, you need 1.3 milligrams of
vitamin B-6 per day, and after 50 you should get 1.5 to 1.7 milligrams
of the essential vitamin. A 1-cup serving of cherry tomatoes provides
0.11 milligrams toward these goals. Vitamin B-6 helps your body
metabolize protein and supports cognitive development and brain
function. The nutrient aids in producing red blood cells and immune
function as well.
A 1-cup serving of cherry tomatoes supplies 63 micrograms of
the 700 micrograms of vitamin A women need each day and the 900
micrograms men require on a daily basis. Vitamin A keeps your eyes
working properly. You might have an increased resistance to age-related
macular degeneration when you get sufficient amounts of vitamin A,
according to the National Institutes of Health
Office of Dietary Supplements. The vitamin aids your body in producing
white blood cells and keeps your heart, lungs and kidneys working
Cherry tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that lowers
your risk of certain diseases caused by cellular damage. A 2000 article
published in the "Canadian Medical Association
Journal" notes that lycopene can decrease your risk of cardiovascular
disease and cancer. Cherry tomatoes can have more far-reaching health
benefits as well. The compounds in cherry tomatoes might offer
protection against osteoporosis, skin damage caused by ultraviolet light
and brain disorders, according to a 2010 article published in the
"American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine."