Do Tomatoes Have Quercetin? (EXPLAINED)

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Do tomatoes have Quercetin?

A culinary staple, tomatoes are one of America’s favorite fruits/vegetables. One of the few foods to ever reach the Supreme Court of The United States, tomatoes are legally a fruit when raw and vegetables once cooked. You have to love lawyers. The question before us today is, do tomatoes have quercetin?

Quick Answer: Yes – Tomatoes do contain quercetin. Compared to other similar foods, their quercetin content is fairly high.

Quercetin Content of Tomatoes

A 100 gram serving of tomatoes offers 0.58 mg of quercetin and is rich in lycopene, protein, vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin A.

Are Tomatoes High in Quercetin?

Compared to other foods, Tomatoes are high in quercetin.

Let’s take a look at how they compare to 5 similar foods.

  • Red tomatoes contain twice as much quercetin as yellow varieties.
  • Tomatoes have half as much quercetin as red grapes.
  • Marinara sauce offers 0.91mg/100g of quercetin compared to 0.58 in raw tomatoes.
  • Cucumbers only offer 0.06 mg of quercetin per 100 grams, 1/10 what you find in tomatoes.
  • Tomatoes provide four times the quercetin found in common bean sprouts.

Sources: 

USDA Database for the Flavonoid Content of Selected Foods: https://www.ars.usda.gov/arsuserfiles/80400525/data/flav/flav_r03.pdf 

Curious about the top sources of quercetin? We've created this chart of the top 25 quercetin containing sources per 100 grams: [table id=141 /]

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