Tomato Sauce Hack: Cut the Added Sugar!
"Paleo" and "vegan" – two words that really shouldn't be in the same sentence.
These two diets couldn’t be on further ends of the spectrum from one another, but they have something in common – people who commit to them often have incredible results.
What’s the common denominator? They cut out added sugar!
Most people are amazed when they find out just how much added sugar is hiding in many of today’s common “health foods.” Given that hidden sugar is a metabolism killer, it's important to learn the art of label-reading.
I took a trip to the grocery store recently to dig up some dirt…
"Health" foods that aren't: Tomato Sauce
Obviously some of the sugar is coming from the tomatoes themselves, but when added sugar is the third ingredient, it's probably best to steer clear if possible.
How can you get around it?
Go with tomato paste, then add water and spices. My personal favorite tomato sauce recipe:
No sugar added tomato sauce
Enough water to give the sauce the consistency of normal tomato sauce
Tomato paste is a great thing to buy in bulk at a place like Costco. I bought a 12-pack for less than $7 last time I was there!
As you can see, you can easily cut out all of the added sugar and half of the total sugar content by going with tomato paste instead of tomato sauce. It's as simple as adding water and a few spices!