Tomato sauce is the perfect addition to almost any meal, and this homemade recipe is sure to become a go-to staple in your kitchen. This clean Tomato Basil Sauce is low in sodium, and filled with fresh ingredients such as olive oil, whole tomatoes, and basil, which makes it an excellent item to add to your favorite stew, pasta dish, or pizza recipe. The best part about this sauce is that it’s full of fabulous nutritional qualities from the tomatoes! Tomatoes are naturally rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and lycopene, which is a carotenoid that is responsible for the vibrant red color and may also help with cardiovascular disease. Currently, the available clinical research supports consuming tomato-based foods as a first-line approach to cardiovascular health. According to some studies, (with the exception of blood pressure management where lycopene supplementation was favored), tomato intake provided more favorable results on cardiovascular risk endpoints than did lycopene supplementation (1). Therefore, incorporating tomatoes into your daily routine will ensure you are meeting the requirements for a healthy, well-balanced body. Enjoy!
(1) Burton-Freeman, B., Sesso, H. Whole Food versus Supplement: Comparing the Clinical Evidence of Tomato Intake and Lycopene Supplementation on Cardiovascular Risk Factors. Adv Nutr. 2014;(5):457-485. doi: 10.3945/an.114.005231