Should you be drinking tomato juice daily ?
by Dr. Alan Kadish
It never fails to amaze and amuse me when another simple dietary consideration turns out to be scientifically validated and becomes NEW info. The study is from the September 2014 issue of “Food Chemistry and Toxicology”.
Tomatoe juice has just joined this group. In essence those with a pre diabetic condition known as metabolic syndrome, which means ~34% of adults in the US alone would benefit from tomato juice. I know your wondering if they needed to bath in the stuff or just take a sip. The study used commercial tomato juice ~ 3 oz per day, for two months, and what was found…..first in chemistry speak and then in english…..Inflammation status, endothelial dysfunction and insulin resistance improved.
In english it’s all about decreasing the bad chemicals affecting all of our bodies and creating a situation that can lead to diabetes.
Before you go purchasing your stock of tomato juice continue to read below….
Did you know that most cans are lined with bisphenol-A (BPA) Only a few brands are already BPA-free while some have companies have switched to BPS, BPA’s chemical cousin. Same problems with a different name, don’t be fooled. Your other safe option go for the glass jar and organic.
Happy drinking and remember you can add to this theme some additional character to your drik. How about some tabasco® or…….make it yourself and add some additional great food chemicals……such as a carrot or …..
The Study: “Dietary Supplementation with tomato-juice in patients with metabolic syndrome: A suggestion to alleviate detrimental clinical factors”
Lycopene, a carotenoid, is known for its antioxidant properties. Little is known, though, about the relationship of dietary tomato-juice intake and risks factors, like inflammation, insulin resistance and hyperlipidemia, implicated in metabolic syndrome. In the present study, we examined whether supplementation with tomato-juice has any implication on the risk status of patients with metabolic syndrome. A comparative study was conducted in 27 individuals diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. Fifteen of them were instructed to use commercially available tomato-juice as refreshment 4 times a week over a period of two months and twelve individuals served as the control group. Several parameters reflective of the metabolic syndrome were monitored both in the group supplemented with tomato juice and in the control group (ADMA for entdothelial function, TNF-α and IL-6 for inflammation, FIRI for insulin resistance). There was a significant improvement in the inflammation status and the endothelial dysfunction of the tomato-juice supplemented patients. At the same time, insulin resistance improved and a pronounced decrease in LDL was recorded, along with a slight increase in HDL. The results of the present study suggest an alleviating effect of tomato-juice with regard to risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome.
What is Metabolic Syndrome, from the American Heart Association:
Metabolic syndrome occurs when a person has three or more of the following measurements:
Abdominal obesity (Waist circumference of 40 inches or above in men, and 35 inches or above in women)
Triglyceride level of 150 milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL) or greater
HDL cholesterol of less than 40 mg/dL in men or less than 50 mg/dL in women
Systolic blood pressure (top number) of 130 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or greater, or diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) of 85 mm Hg or greater
Fasting glucose of 100 mg/dL or greater
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