By Michelle Fabio
Scientists in England have created a tomato that they say may be even more healthy than the traditional red variety.
By injecting genes from the snapdragon flower, including the all-important antioxidant pigment called anthocyanin, researchers at the John Innes Centre, Norwich have created purple tomatoes that research suggests provide more health benefits than red tomatoes.
Along with giving snapdragons, blackberries, and cranberries their rich colors, anthocyanin is also believed to inhibit cancer cell growth, help eyesight, and fight cardiovascular, age-related degenerative diseases, diabetes, and obesity.
In the experiments by a team from John Innes Centre in Norwich, some mice specially bred to be vulernable to cancer were fed purple tomatoes as part of their regular diets; these mice lived much longer than those who ate only red tomatoes.
Tests on humans will come next, although Dr. Paul Kroon of the Food Research Institute in Norwich warns that there’s no reason to assume similar positive results will be achieved.
But if purple tomatoes are shown to have positive extra health benefits in humans, would you mix these genetically engineered purple tomatoes in with your regular tomatoes?
Source: Purple tomato ‘may boost health’ from BBC News