A recent double-blind study conducted in Israel has confirmed what hearth-healthy Italians have enjoyed for centuries–tomatoes (and tomato sauce) lower blood pressure and the risk of heart disease. It led the Israeli study up by Dr. Esther Paran, head of the hypertension division of Soroka Medical Center, It involved patients who were already being treated for hypertension, but were not responding well to the medications. Dr. Paran had patients take a supplement of tomato extract. The results were a significant drop in blood pressure after just four weeks. Even during the peak growing season it’s difficult to consume four whole tomatoes each day, which is the recommended amount for having a positive impact on blood pressure. Here are some ways to get the benefits of tomatoes without having to eat them straight off the vine.
1. Make Chili
Using tomato puree, which is a concentrated form of tomatoes, as the base for your chili uses the antioxidants without the bulk of a whole tomato. Add some ultra-lean and high protein ground bison and kidney beans with minced garlic and onions, and cayenne pepper and you have a heart-healthy main course and a full day’s allowance of tomato.