Tweaked Tomato Raises HDL in Mice
Not everyone is a fan of genetically modified produce, but people at risk of heart disease may have reason to give so-called Frankenfood a chance. Scientists unveiled a new type of engineered tomato that produces a molecule that is involved with transporting HDL (“good”) cholesterol in the body. Mice fed the tomato had lower levels of artery-clogging fats and less inflammation than those that ate regular tomatoes. Future studies will be needed to assure the safety of the genetically engineered tomatoes before they find their way into your BLT.
Source: Journal of Lipid Research, April 2013