Make a vitamin C rich dish to boost your immune system


Nhu Dang, Times Staff

Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C and may help boost to your immune system.

Because of the global outbreak of the coronavirus, dietitians recommend boosting the immune system to resist the virus.
Experts say getting a daily dose of vitamin C can boost antiviral powers. Humans are unable to synthesize vitamin C endogenously so it is an essential dietary component.

Tomatoes are one food rich in vitamins. They are one of the most common ingredients in recipes and easy to get in any supermarket.

There are different amounts of vitamin C in different varieties fo tomatoes. For example, raw green tomatoes contain 23.4 milligrams, orange tomatoes contain 16 milligrams and yellow tomatoes contain 9 milligrams per 100 grams, which is slightly more than half of a large tomato.

Sun-dried tomatoes are much richer in vitamin C, containing 39 milligrams per 100 grams. Canned tomatoes and tomato juice contain smaller amounts, respectively contributing 9 and 18 milligrams of vitamin C to your daily intake.
Here is a nutritious food called scrambled eggs with tomatoes.
Follow the directions below to learn how to cook this healthy dish:

Ingredients (serves one person):

  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon soy sauce
  • Cilantro or green onion, finely chopped

Slice tomato into pieces similar in size to orange slices. Whisk the egg quickly in a bowl. Heat pan and add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add egg and stir fry.
When the eggs are cooked to one’s liking, put the scrambled eggs on a plate.

Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, green onion, tomato slices and cook for two minutes. Return the scrambled egg to the pan and cook for an additional 3 minutes or more until the tomato slices soften.

Add salt, sugar and soy sauce to the pan and stir for 30 seconds. Add minced cilantro or minced green onion and serve.

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