Are some tomatoes better for you than others? Research says yes.
Although all tomatoes are rich in important nutrients, such as lycopene, recent research has revealed that some tomato varieties may contain more health-protective flavonols than others. Small cherry tomatoes had the highest flavonol concentration of 20 tomato varieties tested in a study.
Flavonols are antioxidants that protect against aging and disease. There is no recommended daily allowance for flavonols. However, you can get your fill by eating five servings of vegetables and four servings of fruit per day, especially ones with deep red or purple hues, such as red onions, red grapes, and tomatoes. Over 90% of the flavonols in fruits and vegetables are found in the skins.