The first question you probably have is, "What the heck is that 9-oxo thing?" The answer: 9-oxo-ODA (abbreviated) is a compound found in tomatoes that may help to reduce blood lipid levels. A recent study done in mice showed that this compound suppressed the accumulation of triglycerides in the liver. Further, it increased the expression of genes involved in fatty acid oxidation.
Most of us know that plant-based foods such as tomatoes and other vegetables have powerful health benefits, but this year, focus on getting the most bang for your nutritional buck in your garden as well. Think onions, spinach, beets, eggplant, and for lipid management, tomatoes; consider color before planning as well.
The most colorful vegetables in your garden will most likely be the best for you as well. The deeper and richer the hue, the more polyphenols the vegetables (or fruit) contains. Additionally, planting a variety of colors means you’ll be provided with many different vitamins and minerals. Good planning now could mean tremendously delicious bang for your buck this summer!