Purple Tomatoes!

Relax! You’re NOT having an acid flashback. Using genes from the snapdragon flower, scientists have genetically engineered PURPLE tomatoes! The dark color makes them richer in cancer-fighting compounds called anthocyanins; via the AFP.

Actually, many plants NATURALLY contain anthocyanins, like blueberries. But tomatoes are still awesome! They taste great raw. Dr. Fuhrman considers tomatoes as one of the best foods for health and longevity. And they’re FANTASTIC with broccoli!

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Monty - October 28, 2008 3:30 PM

Are they genetically engineered or hybrid? If hybrid they could be beneficial, but genetically-engineered can be dangerous. The wrong genes could be expressed, with bizarre and unexpected results, such as the gene for purple color combining with the gene for skin color, making the person's skin turn purple, or starting a new Purple Race. At least snapdragons don't have thorns.

Sara - October 29, 2008 11:33 PM

Actually it was an offshoot of an experiment to see if the antocyanins were what conferred the health benefits of the blueberry. The author of the study acknowleges that one can get the same benefits by just eating blueberries. Probably far more benign than most GMO foods, but nevertheless I'd rather eat blueberries or tomatoes which already have their own beneficial anti-oxidents.

Dan - November 6, 2008 2:12 AM

You don't need GM food, you can breed such traits into many plants, I am doing it with corn.

http://picasaweb.google.com.au/dsmatthews/Corn#

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