Tomato Ketchup, Juice can
cut Cholesterol Levels finds Finnish Study
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A new Finnish study has found that including tomato products
such as tomato sauce and tomato juice in one’s diet could help to cut LDL
cholesterol levels by as much as 13%.
The study was conducted on 21 healthy volunteers, supports the body of research
that reports the health benefits of tomato and tomato products.
Including tomato sauce in one’s daily diet was shown to attack bad cholesterol
in the blood. Bad cholesterol in the blood is linked to heart disease and
Volunteers were given a few glasses of tomato juice and they also added a few
dollops of ketchup to their breakfast, lunch and tea. Their LDL levels dropped
significantly in the three weeks.
Researchers at the University of Oulo in Finland conducted the study. They said
that the volunteers total cholesterol levels dropped by under 6% and their LDL
levels by almost 13%.
They urged the patients with high cholesterol to start consuming ketchup and
drinking tomato juice to help reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
According to Marja-Leena Silaste from the University of Oulu, “A high dietary
intake of tomato products had atheroprotective effects, it significantly reduced
LDL cholesterol levels, and increased LDL resistance to oxidation in healthy
“These atheroprotective features are associated with changes in serum lycopene,
beta-carotene and gamma-carotene level.”
Tomatoes are known to be a valuable source of nutrients including beta-carotene,
vitamins C and E and lycopene a potent antioxidant that gives the fruit its
characteristic red color.
Moreover, the FDA has approved a claim on the role of tomatoes in reducing the
risk of prostate, gastric, ovarian and pancreatic cancers. This indicates that
other compounds found in the whole fruit may offer benefits in synergy with