March is National Sauce Month.
The sauce most used in American homes is tomato sauce—for pasta, pizza, eggs, meatloaf, soup base, dipping and so much more.
However, tomato sauce/pasta sauce is one of the biggest sources of hidden added sugar in prepared foods.
Look at the labels of the foods you buy: both the grams of sugar per serving and the serving size.
Check out the sugar in these popular tomato sauces:
According to the American Heart Association:
Added sugars are those sugars that have been used by the food industry to enhance a food’s flavor. These are processed sugars, compared to the natural sugars in a piece of fruit.
Natural sugars are digested more slowly and help you feel full for longer. Refined (processed sugar) can spike your metabolism stable.
Plus, why add to your 40g of daily sugar when you don’t have to?
That’s why we’re highlighting three pasta sauces for National Sauce Month.
Instead, we head to natural foods and specialty foods markets and stock up. And, online ordering!
In alphabetical order, we present:
These are gourmet sauces, in that they can dress the most elegant dishes.
The line was begun by two sisters-in-law. With initial investment of $150, they bottled a family recipe by hand and began to sell at farmers markets and street fairs.
Their grass-roots efforts were a success, and today the line—bottled in a food packaging plant—includes:
And if you like to bring little gifts to friends and family, these slender jars look great with a bow or ribbon.
Otamot is called Essential Sauce because it sneaks in 10 vegetables and their nutrients. And no one is the wiser.
The main ingredient, of course, is tomato. Otamot is tomato spelled backwards.
Otamot was created by the parent of a picky eater, who set out to create a more nutritious tomato sauce, a food his daughter would eat.
Starting with the concept of tomato sauce, he found a way to add a nutrient boost to meals, including vitamins, minerals and fiber.
The solution: a tomato-based sauce combined with ten other vegetables.
It’s full of flavor, and a great way to sneak in vegetables that the vegetable-averse will never suspect.
But you don’t have to be vegetable-averse to love this sauce: It’s delicious for everyone.
There are three varieties:
We made it a Top Pick Of The Week (here’s our review).
The brand, made from Jersey tomatoes, has Top Chef Head Judge Tom Colicchio as the brand’s official partner and culinary consultant.
The brand’s emphasis on vine-ripened, garden-fresh taste and naturally healthful attributes.
The sauces are very chunky. Varieties include:
Head to JerseyTomatoCo.com for more information and online sales.
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