The USDA has approved a genetically modified purple tomato. They reportedly not only have a longer shelf life but are also effective in boosting general health. The tomatoes will hit American markets next year.

The researchers wanted to create a tomato that had more antioxidants, such as those found in blackberries and blueberries. Scientists believe that these tomatoes would prove beneficial in avoiding cancer and type 2 diabetes.

    

Purple Tomatoes With Greater Health Benefits Approved to Hit Markets Next Year

WHAT?

The USDA has approved a genetically modified purple tomato. They reportedly not only have a longer shelf life but are also effective in boosting general health. 

WHEN?

The tomatoes will hit American markets next year.

HOW?

The researchers produced a special pigment in tomatoes by combining two genes of the snapdragon flower. This triggered the tomatoes to produce more anthocyanin, creating a vibrant purple colour, similar to blueberries.

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Anthocyanin in purple tomatoes has antioxidant properties that are beneficial for health. Its ability to influence microbiome composition and hence also aids in the digestion of other nutrients.

The study also says that when mice suffering from cancer were fed purple tomatoes, they outlived the ones eating the red ones by 30 percent. It led scientists to believe that this tomato would prove beneficial in avoiding cancer and type 2 diabetes.