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Do Tasty Tomatoes Lower Cholesterol and Triglycerides?

Atop a sandwich or in a juice can—tomatoes may lower triglycerides and bad cholesterol—while boosting the good stuff.

Do you usually ask for tomatoes with your turkey on whole wheat? Make it a habit and you could lower triglycerides naturally. 

In a study, young adults who consumed lots of fresh tomatoes experienced lower triglycerides—and higher HDL cholesterol (the good kind). And after only 6 weeks! 

You say tomato 
Participants in the study noshed on lots of tomatoes every day—almost 3 cups of the fresh fruit. So top your salads with cherry tomatoes, add slices to your sandwiches and dice up a bunch of fresh tomatoes for a pico de gallo snack. You could throw in some tomato juice for good measure, as well. In the study, people who drank 2 1/2 cups of tomato juice daily experienced similar benefits—higher HDL cholesterol and lower LDL cholesterol (the bad kind)!  

Talkin' about tomatoes 
Tomatoes and tomato juice are rich in phenols—and researchers credit these disease-fighting compounds with helping to keep unhealthful blood fats in check. Although the mechanism behind it all is not yet understood, one thing is certain: Optimal HDL cholesterol levels can help stave off heart and blood vessel disease. Here are a few more easy ways to keep your cholesterol in check: 

Medically reviewed in November 2019. Updated in March 2021. 

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