Why You Should Eat Homemade Tomato Sauce Every Day

February 26, 2019
Did you know that tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, which will help fight the damage that free radicals cause and that triggers cellular aging? Learn more about the amazing benefits of tomato sauce here.

When you make your own homemade tomato sauce, you’re in a position to get the most out of the lycopene in tomatoes. Plus you get a chance to incorporate other healthy ingredients.

Tomatoes may be a very common vegetable, but they have amazing health benefits. Some studies have demonstrated their ability to help prevent certain types of cancer, thanks to the lycopene in them.

In this article, find out why you should have homemade tomato sauce every day to prevent and improve a wide variety of health problems.

What is lycopene?

Lycopene is a pigment present in fruits and vegetables of reddish colors (also violet and orange). Lycopene is in the following foods:

  • Tomatoes
  • Red pepper
  • Watermelon
  • Papaya
  • Guava
  • Strawberry
  • Pink grapefruit

Lycopene is a carotenoid that your body can’t synthesize itself; it’s only found in plant foods. Therefore, the only way to get this is by consuming foods that contain it.

  • Once ingested, lycopene is absorbed in the intestines and deposited in the liver, testes, prostate, and adrenal glands after approximately half an hour.
  • Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant, which will help fight the damage that free radicals cause and that triggers cellular aging.

Check this out too: Antioxidant and Anticarcinogen Homemade Tomato Sauce

Tomatoes or tomato sauce?

 homemade tomato sauce with a wooden spoon

Tomatoes themselves are very high in lycopene. However, the most interesting thing is that you can find a high concentration of lycopene in other tomato-based foods.

Lycopene concentration per 100 grams:

  • Raw tomato: 2,573 μg
  • Ketchup: 17,716 μg
  • Tomato sauce: 28,764 μg
  • Dried tomato: 45,900 μg

Health benefits

Consuming foods, like tomatoes, that are rich in lycopene is good for you in many ways, including the following:

Cancer prevention

tomatoes

As indicated at the beginning of this article, studies show that the lycopene in tomatoes may help prevent some cancers, such as prostate, lung and stomach cancer. There were also positive results in preventing cases of pancreatic, colorectal, esophageal, oral and breast cancers.

Cardiovascular system

The daily consumption of tomatoes also provides many other health benefits. Another one is that they support your cardiovascular system since they improve cell activity and the use of fat for fuel. Thus, your triglyceride levels and cholesterol should go down.

Blood pressure

woman taking her blood pressure

Lycopene has the power to control blood pressure without detrimentally altering it because it helps thin your blood. Therefore, it’s appropriate for people with hypertension.

Diabetes

For people with diabetes, regularly consuming tomatoes and other red vegetables improve the way the body utilizes glucose. It also helps insulin work well and prevents certain symptoms of diabetes, such as:

  • Retinopathy
  • Diabetic foot
  • Intermittent claudication

Therefore, lycopene is very good for treating and preventing diabetes.

The best way to consume tomatoes

a woman holding a tomato

As mentioned above, tomato concentrate is the best way to consume high amounts of lycopene. However, this antioxidant is not always absorbed the same way; it depends on what food it’s in and what other nutrients it is consumed with.

Absorption improves significantly if we consume tomatoes with good quality fat and at a high temperature. That’s why the most effective, healthy way to consume tomatoes is in a homemade tomato sauce, made with extra virgin olive oil at a high temperature.

You can make it even healthier if you add a touch of black pepper and turmeric. This way, you’ll also make it into an excellent remedy for all kinds of inflammation and pain.

See also: 7 Reasons To Eat Tomatoes 7 Days a Week

Ingredients

  • 10 ripe tomatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil (100 g)
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder (4 g)
  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper (4 g)
  • ½ tablespoon of brown sugar (7 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of sea salt (12 g)
tomato sauce in jars

Preparation

  • First, chop the garlic cloves and fry them for a minute.
  • Next, mash the tomatoes and add the spices and condiments to them.
  • Add the garlic along with the tomato and spice mixture to a pot and cook for about 15 minutes.
  • Eat this sauce hot.
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