Next time you’re shopping for tomatoes you may want to choose green over red. A recent study from the University of Iowa suggests that green tomatoes have a positive effect on muscle strength and growth. The muscle-friendly compound tomatidine, also safeguards muscle tissue from the body’s natural aging process.
Why should you care?
Muscle has a direct effect on metabolism – more lean mass equals higher metabolism and decreased body fat. Improving your metabolism is the first step in maintaining a healthy weight, and places you on the road to decreasing the risk of chronic diseases such as hypertension, cancer, obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
Although the benefits of green tomatoes can help you in holding on to your hard-earned muscle, study chief Dr. Christopher Adam, associate professor of internal medicine and molecular physiology and biophysics in the UI Carver College of Medicine, doesn’t want you to go face first into a plate of green tomatoes! So Just how many green tomatoes should you eat?
Green tomatoes are safe to eat in moderation. But we don’t know how many green tomatoes a person would need to eat to get a dose of tomatidine similar to what we gave the mice. Dr. Adams said in a statement – We also don’t know if such a dose of tomatidine will be safe for people, or if it will have the same effect in people as it does in mice. We are working hard to answer these questions, hoping to find relatively simple ways that people can maintain muscle mass and function, or if necessary, regain it.
The end goal is “science-based supplements,” or even simply incorporating tomatidine “into everyday foods to make them healthier.”
Muscular tissue degeneration is actually a notable health issue leading to a decrease in balance and stability, which then increases the risk of age-related injuries such as fractures from falling. Try adding green tomato to your diet and start reaping its muscle-protecting benefits!