Good Cholesterol from Genetically Engineered Tomatoes

by Savitha C Muppala on Mar 21 2013 1:08 PM

 Good Cholesterol from Genetically Engineered Tomatoes
Scientists from ULCA have revealed that genetically altered tomatoes, when consumed produce a peptide which imitates the work of good cholesterol.
The team genetically altered the tomatoes to produce a small peptide which imitates the action of the chief protein in high-density lipoprotein, or apoA-1.

A test was conducted on mice which were allowed to eat genetically engineered tomatoes. These mice did not have the ability to take out low-density lipoprotein from their blood.

The experiment revealed that mice that ate the peptide-enhanced tomatoes portrayed markedly lower levels of inflammation, increased levels of good cholesterol, and decreased lysophosphatidic acid, which fastens the build-up of plaque in arteries.

β€œIt seems likely that the mechanism of action of the peptide-enhanced tomatoes involves altering lipid metabolism in the intestine, which positively impacts cholesterol,” said the scientists.