Why You Should Never Use Store-Bought Pasta Sauce – And How To Make Your Own
Here’s the thing, using store-bought pasta sauce is so damn convenient. You can literally have dinner sorted in minutes, considering you can heat the sauce in the microwave and pour it straight over your pasta.
The harsh truth? You have no idea what you’re putting in your body. It also doesn’t taste like a really flavoursome home-made sauce, no matter how much you try to spruce it up. You don’t have to be Jamie Oliver to be able to pick out when someone has used a jar of store-bought pasta sauce.
These sauces are packed full of fat, salt and sugar. Couple that with the fact that there’s not much fibre in store-bought sauces. You’re also not going to get the nutrition you would from a home-made meal. Long story short, your convenience is costing you your health. That’s why it’s always better to make your own sauce. You’ll eat a much healthier meal, you won’t add all the salt, sugar and fat and you know exactly what you’re eating.
A lot of recipes call for you to use canned tomatoes when you’re making your own pasta sauce. Here’s the thing, they come with their own issues. Most people know that BPA isn’t good for you. A study by the Centres for Disease Control Prevention found that there were the traces of BPA in the urine of nearly every single one of the 2 517 participants.
But why does this matter? Well, BPA is used to coat the linings of cans and most plastic products, i.e. that can that houses your tomatoes. Exposure to BPA can disrupt your hormones, increase your risk of certain cancers and cause sperm defects, amongst other things.
Canned tomatoes are especially bad because their acidity is so high that it draws out the BPA straight into the tomatoes. Oh, and one other thing: on average you’re getting around 4,4g of sugar per 100g. The below recipe calls for 800g of tomato which means if you were using canned tomatoes you’d be consuming over 35g of sugar.
You wouldn’t throw just under nine teaspoons of sugar into your sauce if you were making it yourself. The verdict? Fresher is better. Tomatoes aid digestion, stimulate blood circulation, reduce blood pressure and are packed with vitamins and minerals.
This sauce can form the base for a Spaghetti Bolognese (cook the mince and add to the sauce once the sauce has cooked). It’s great as a curry sauce; add meat, veg and cream and cook longer. Try it as a chunky tomato sauce on your eggs; perfect for weekend fry ups. You can also eat it as a smooth pasta sauce; fry some leeks and prawns in a separate pan and add them to the sauce, my personal favourite.
The best part? It yields a lot of sauce so you can freeze it and pull it when you’re feeling lazy. It’s as convenient as a jar of store-bought sauce but with a whole lot more benefits.
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