Tomatoes Can Prevent Heart Disease

Did You know That the Tomato is Good for Your Heart?

Tomatoes are the most widely produced fruit in the world.  Japanese scientists have discovered that tomatoes contain a nutrient which could tackle the onset of vascular diseases.  The research conducted was published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research.  It revealed that an extracted compound, 9-oxo-octadecadienoic, has anti-dyslipidemic affects (a condition which is caused by an [abnormal amount] of lipids such as cholesterol or fat in the blood stream).

Lipids:  Another word for “fats.”  Lipids can be more formally defined as substances such as a fat, oil or wax that dissolves in alcohol but not in water.  Lipids contain carbon, hydrogen and oxygen but have far less oxygen proportionally than carbohydrates.

Lipids are an important part of living cells.  Together with carbohydrates and proteins, lipids are the main constituents of plant and animal cells.

Cholesterol and triglycerides are lipids.  Lipids are easily stored in the body.  They serve as a source of fuel and

are an important constituent of the structure of cells.

Lipids include fatty acids, neutral fats, waxes and steroids (like cortisone).  Compound lipids comprise lipoproteins, glycolipids and phospholipids.

Fat: Definition 1) Along with proteins and carbohydrates, one of the three nutrients used as energy sources by the body.  The energy produced by fats is 9 calories per gram.  Proteins and carbohydrates each provide 4 calories per gram.  Definition 2) Total fat; the sum of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.  Intake of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats can help reduce blood cholesterol when substituted for saturated fats in the diet.

Saturated Fat:  A fat that is solid at room temperature and comes chiefly from animal food products.  Some examples are butter, lard, meat fat, solid shortening.

Fatty Acids:  [For more information on this subject, Essential Fatty Acids, or Omega-3 fatty acids, go to: [Post entitled “Not All Fish Oil Supplements are Created Equal”].

Tomatoes Lower Dangerous Levels of Oxidized LDL Cholesterol

Contrary to Big Pharma that high cholesterol is the cause of arterial plaque and heart attacks, researchers have shown that the problem is really caused by increased levels of triglycerides and small, oxidized LDL cholesterol particles.  These dangerous fat fractions are the result of a diet high in sugar and processed foods that stimulate the liver to release disproportionate quantities of the atherogenic lipids.

Lycopene:  Past research designed to demonstrate the health benefits of tomatoes has shown that the key nutrient, lycopene,  is activated when the fruit is cooked.  The result of this study made no distinction between raw and cooked versions, indicating that 9-oxo-ODA is bioavailable to regulate blood lipids in either form.  Tomatoes are one of the best or richest  source of lycopene.  Lycopene has been found to reduce other diseases.  Lycopene is a strong antioxidant; twice as powerful as beta carotene at neutralizing free radicals; the antioxidant property protects the cells from DNA damage.

Make Tomatoes a Part of Your Daily Menu to Help Prevent Heart Disease!

Grow Your Own Organically-Grown Tomatoes they taste so much better than hot-house or store bought.  The added benefits are that you get some exercise, some sunshine, and you pick them fresh from your own garden.

7 Tips for Cleaning Fruits and Vegetables

Many people in the United States don’t realize that even produce can sometimes cause the outbreaks of food-borne illness.  Each year, nearly 48 million people become sick from contaminated food.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offers the following tips for protecting yourself:

  1. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before and after preparing fresh produce
  2. Cut away any damaged or bruised areas
  3. Gently rub produce while holding it under plain running water
  4. Wash produce before you peel it
  5. Use a clean vegetable brush to scrub firm produce
  6. Dry produce with a clean cloth or paper towel
  7. Throw away the outermost leaves of a head of lettuce or cabbage


“Tomatoes Found to Contain Nutrient Which Prevents Vascular Diseases,”, Released Jan 7, 2011.

“Did You Know Tomatoes Can Prevent Heart Disease?” by John Phillip,, created June 8, 2011.

Definition of Lipids,, accessed online June 22, 2011.

Definition of Fat,, accessed online June 22, 2011.

Definition of Saturated Fat,, accessed online June 22, 2011.

“7 Tips for Cleaning Fruit, Vegetables,” by Dr. Mercola, June 7, 2011,