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Tomatoes and Lycopene

Is tomato sauce healthy? Is it ok to include a lot of tomato sauce in daily diet or is there a limit to be followed?
(August 4, 2011)

Lycopene is the compound in tomatoes that gives tomatoes its bright red color. It is also an antioxidant which is known for its qualities to fight free radicals in the body. Lycopene has also shown progress in preventing different types of cancers, including the commonly found prostate cancer. It’s not just lycopene that makes tomato such a favored fruit. It has many other nutrients that help in many other illnesses and conditions.

There is no limit on how much tomato can be ingested in a day. But tomato sauce, especially if it is not homemade, can pose a different problem from a calorie count and health point of view. Eating too much of tomato cannot really harm you but readymade tomato sauce might need to be restricted as it has other additions like sugar and preservatives. If one has to include ketchup in your daily diet, include ketchup made from organic tomatoes.
Submitted by N on August 4, 2011 at 11:20


Is tomato sauce in chicken or Italian pasta good for health?

Tomato sauce is one of the most regularly used types of food preparations and it is easy to understand why a lot of people all over the world tend to be a little apprehensive about the dangers that it might pose in a world that is becoming increasingly worried about their health and the impact that preservatives and mass produced foods have on their body. However, tomato sauce is known to be very good for the overall health of an individual, despite the fact that it does have high sugar content. Getting the best out of tomato sauce in pasta salad as or even pasta with tomato cream sauce needs to be combined with a very good workout schedule in order to make sure that the body reaps the full benefits of the food.

Some of the more important tomato sauce benefits on the body include the fact that it is very good for the heart as it attacks bad cholesterol cells known as low protein lipoprotein. The presence of a substance known as Lycopene also acts as a rather powerful antioxidant that helps reduce the risk of cancers of the prostate, breast as well as the esophageal gland.
Submitted by N on July 23, 2011 at 11:48


Is pasta with tomato sauce healthy?

Pasta with tomato sauce can be really healthy when you use wheat pasta instead of the regular one and leaner meats like chicken, fish or turkey. Tomato sauce is not only healthy but also low in calories. One such pasta with tomato sauce recipe can be prepared using ingredients like 5 diced tomatoes, one onion, one garlic clove, one bay leaf, sugar, water, 4 basil leaves, oil and salt to taste.

The tomatoes need to be cooked along with the garlic, onion and bay leaves. Water can then be added and salt and sugar can be used for seasoning. Cover and boil this mixture and on cooling grind to a puree. In another pan fry 1 tablespoon chopped onions and ½ tablespoon chopped garlic. The tomato puree can be added to this and cooked till it reduces to half. The pasta can be boiled separately in water with some salt and the tomato sauce can be poured over the cooked pasta and served hot.
The total calories in this pasta with tomato sauce would be around 257. Using wheat pasta is always a healthier option and if meats are to be used lean meats would be much lower in calories as compared to red meats.
Submitted by N on July 17, 2011 at 11:47


Is tomato sauce a healthy dinner?

There are two types of tomato sauce that may feature in one’s daily diet. Tomato sauce may be made from fresh tomatoes with seasoning added to it in the form of various herbs, salt and pepper. This type of tomato sauce is often called tomato puree as well. Tomato sauce is regularly used in Italian cooking and even in some Indian dishes. Depending on the dish and the cuisine, the sauce may form a mainstay of the meal. Pasta with tomato sauce in a dinner party is quite common. This is quite a healthy food item, providing the consumer with dietary fiber, vitamin K, Magnesium, Manganese and Thiamin amongst other items.

The other use for the term tomato sauce refers to the ketchup that is used as a seasoning for various foods, most often for fried foods like French fries or batter fried fish. In this case, the tomato sauce is not a very great source of nutrition. One can certainly say that tomato sauce on its own will not form a decent meal. Most brands of ketchup tend to be sugary and filled with artificial flavoring and preservatives. While these may lengthen the shelf life of the bottle, they do not add to its nutritional goodness.

Submitted by N on July 13, 2011 at 11:46


Is canned tomato sauce healthy?

Considering the fact that most of us lead very hectic daily schedules, it is easy to understand how many of us get caught up in the habit of looking for easy and convenient options when it comes to the food we consume. As a result, it is only human nature to get a little worried about the way the foods are prepared and whether they are safe and healthy. Canned tomato sauce ingredients are usually looked at before the item is bought despite the fact that it is one of the most commonly purchased food items. However, this is a good habit as some food products are likely to contain unhealthy substances.

One should also make it a point to go over the canned tomato sauce nutritional information and facts to get a clear understanding of how consumption of this particular food is going to impact his or her long term health plans. A single serving cup of about 245 grams of canned tomato sauce will, on average, contain about 59 calories and no cholesterol. The protein content of canned tomato sauce is measured at about 3.2 grams in most varieties while it also contains about 3% calcium, 17% Vitamin A and 14% iron.
Submitted by N on July 7, 2011 at 11:45


Tomato sauce or ketchup is a common part of our diets. One generally related to ketchup with pizzas, fries and other forms of junk food. It is found almost everywhere and has some strong health benefits. One very important part of Tomato sauce is Lycopene. Lycopene is a phytochemical that also acts as a powerful antioxidant, helping reduce risk of the prostate, oesophageal and breast cancer. Lycopene is also effective toward avoiding heart diseases. Lycopene is also a pigment that makes watermelon pink and tomatoes red. Lycopene is also found in fresh guava, papaya, pink grapefruit and other tomato products.

The best source of Lycopene is cooked or processed items such as tomato-based pasta sauce, paste, soup, bottles salsa, juice, chili sauce and ketchup. It is said that when tomatoes are cooked, they create more lycopene than when raw. When these foods are consumed with a little fat, the lycopene is better absorbed. It is infact, said by some that ketchup is a better source for lycopene than whole tomotoes. The Cancer Research Foundation of America found that cooked tomatoes, like those used to make ketchup, have five times the amount of lycopene as fresh tomatoes.

However, in the past there has been flack about Ketchup and how it is detrimental in a healthy diet. As they say, too much of anything is bad. The same goes for Ketchup. The amount of sodium and preservatives in the ketchup does not exactly make it a healthy part of our diets. One must moderate consumption of ketchup and restrict it to an occasional consumption. Ketchup is consumed mostly with junk food. Mixing it with our daily diets causes imbalance in the nutritional scale, hence it must be controlled.

Anything that is organic does not mean it is healthy. Be weight, ketchup is almost 25% sugar. One of the main ingredients of ketchup is a high fructose corn syrup - a highly processed and unhealthy sugar sweetener. Also, Ketchup is relatively high in salt as well-which when consumed in very large amounts increases the blood pressure.

One can have the odd pizza or fries or a hot dog. If the occasion calls for junk and ketchup, so be it. But then, it is up to us, how much of a daily cycle we will make this become in our diets. Some have suggested mustard sauce as an alternative for ketchup. Some even swear by it.
Submitted by R B on May 10, 2010 at 12:33


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