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Lower Triglycerides Naturally with This Sandwich Topping

Lower Triglycerides Naturally with This Sandwich Topping

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)! (Is your cholesterol out of whack? Find out what your numbers mean.)

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:

Dip those tortilla chips into this tasty homemade salsa recipe.

Medically reviewed in November 2019.

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