Tomato paste is hands down the healthiest way to take advantage of tomatoes’ nutritional prowess and is a secret weapon for enhancing flavor in the kitchen. Relative to raw tomatoes, tomato paste serves up ten times more of the star antioxidant lycopene. And unlike most all other tomato products, tomato paste typically comes with no added sugar and salt. Because it is uniquely rich in the natural taste enhancer, glutamate, tomato paste is fantastic for adding a rich multidimensional flavor to soups, stews and egg dishes. Tomato paste should be a staple in your cupboard!
Remember, tomatoes are a superstar food!
Tomatoes are the most widely consumed non-starchy “veggie” (really a fruit) in America and this is a wonderful thing! Tomatoes offer a treasure chest of nutrients for boosting your health, but their crown jewel is a super potent antioxidant called lycopene. Scientists speculate that tomatoes’ rich supply of lycopene is the key factor in the long list of health victories it can claim. People that eat the most tomatoes and tomato-based products get less prostate cancer, colon cancer, osteoporosis, sun-damaged skin, cardiovascular disease, and dementia. Please make note that processed tomato products like tomato sauce, paste, or marinara beat out fresh tomatoes in terms of lycopene concentration. (This is one of the very rare examples where processed is better for you than fresh!) When you choose fresh tomatoes, the smaller the tomato the more concentrated the lycopene. I eat grape tomatoes by the handful!
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