Tomatoes are being sold in Japan that are claimed to lower blood pressure, help with good sleep and relieve anxiety.
These tomatoes have been developed by a Japanese biotechnology company, Snatic Seed, with the help of the latest genetic engineering technique, Crisper.
They naturally produce a substance called gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) which lowers blood pressure as well as calms the nerves.
“In Japan, GABA is sold as a popular health compound. It’s like vitamin C. That’s why we’ve chosen it as the first target for our genome editing technology, “said Hiroshi Izura, chief technology officer at Synetic Seed, who is also a plant molecular biologist (plant molecular biologist) at Sokuba University, Japan. Are
However, Nature Biotechnology reporter Emily Waltz, in a recent report , expressed skepticism, saying the claim was based on two investigations conducted in 2003 and 2009, respectively. It’s difficult.
It should be noted that Gaba tomatoes were approved for sale in Japan in 2020, while their sale has also started there a few months ago.
‘Snatec Seed’ has now started selling these tomato cheeses so that local farmers can also cultivate them on a large scale and earn more profit.
Despite the technical skepticism, there is a significant positive response to ‘gaba tomatoes’ in Japan. However, from a research point of view, it is yet to be decided.