I think people were expecting me to praise a natural cholesterol reducer.
The reason I'm not bothered about tomatoes natural stain effect? Theirs nothing dangerous about high cholesterol levels.
• A high diet, saturated or otherwise, does not affect blood cholesterol levels.
• High cholesterol levels don't cause heart disease.
As far as protecting your heart goes, decreasing saturated fat consumption makes no difference and is more likely to do harm than good.
Around a 100 years ago a researcher found that feeding rabbits, whom are vegetarians a high cholesterol carnivore (non vegetarian) diet blocked their arteries with plaque. In the Fifties Ancel Keys showed his Seven Countries which suggested that the higher the saturated fat intake in a country, the higher the cholesterol levels and the higher the rate of heart disease.
Keys picked the data that backed up his argument so to this day it goes down as one of the worst bits of research in terms of quality. From a marketing point of view it was a pharmaceutical companies dream.
During World War Two, Sausages, eggs, cheese, bacon and milk were restricted. Fruit and fish, however, were freely available due to rationing. This should be the perfect diet to reduce heart disease, sadly however deaths from heart disease more than doubled.
The lesson to be learned? We don't need statins and we certainly don't need to eat tomatoes daily in order to protect ourselves from nasty cholesterol. A final point, if cholesterol was so bad for us, would the body manufacturer it on its own? Would breast milk be so high in cholesterol, and would an egg (remember a little baby chick grows from an egg) contain so much so called dangerous cholesterol.Eat natural and don't get conned by pharmaceutical companies or people trying to convince you about the latest superfood.