By Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND
Tomatoes offer a range of health benefits, including protection against some cancers and from UV radiation damage from the sun. Tomatoes also support eye health and contain a wide range of nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin A, lycopene, potassium, folic acid and other B vitamins. Cooking tomatoes and using them as a homemade sauce offer loads of goodness with the special properties of lycopene.
Buying tomato ketchup from the supermarkets normally entails loads of sugar, salt, preservatives, artificial flavors, and reconstituted tomatoes. Here you can create your own sauce using local fresh tomatoes — best of all, you can add any herbs and spices you like and really make it your own!
This sauce can be used just like ketchup. You can also add it to pasta sauce recipes or anything that calls for tomato paste, pizza sauce or anything that you fancy.
Carrots and sweet potato can also be added to squeeze in extra vegetables and goodness.
Serving Size: 1 tbsp