Is Tomato Sauce a Good Substitute for the Nutrition in a Tomato?
Ketchup is a salty and sweet kind of sauce found in almost every
household and restaurant. People put it on hotdogs, French fries,
hamburgers, meatloaf, and a multitude of other things, including eggs
and noodles. Thereís no doubt that ketchup is quite a tasty and popular
Although, it can be used as more than a condiment, it can also be used
as an ingredient in a wide variety of recipes when you get creative with
your cooking. But some may wonder how itís made, and if it can be a good
substitute for the nutrition found in tomatoes in the households that
canít quite afford the fresh, and usually, more expensive fruits.
To begin with, ketchup is made in many different ways. Some ways are
altogether without tomatoes. The ketchup that includes tomatoes can be
composed of many ingredients, most of which would be expected, such as
garlic and salt. Others are less detectable, such as cinnamon. But the
question is whether or not the tomato concentrate found in a normal
bottle of ketchup can measure up to the nutrition found in the average
tomato. The answer to that question is about 50/50.
Ketchup, or catsup, can provide as much or even more Vitamin C for you
as a fresh tomato. It also has a small amount of protein, providing it
with its own superior health benefits. However, since most ketchup
contains high amounts of salt and sugar, the benefits are somewhat lost
in the negatives. It would be much wiser to seek out a brand which is
healthier, lacking the often large amount of sodium and carbohydrates
that regular ketchup provides.
If you canít find one of the healthier kinds of ketchup in your local
store, you could simply make your own. The main ingredients are some
sort of tomato derivative, such as tomato juice, or for thickness,
tomato paste, and water. The extra spices, though, commonly vinegar,
garlic powder, salt, and onion powder, are optional. You can use
whatever spices you like in a homemade recipe. Those are merely the
ingredients that most often work to provide that well known ďketchupĒ
For those of you who may want to try something a little different,
ketchup can mean any general sauce. Though tomato is the most popular
kind, people have been known to make different kinds of ketchup out of
grapes, cucumbers, and even bananas. This was done before tomato ketchup
even came around and wiped out all of the competition.
Thatís right, when making your own, even tomato is only a preference.
There are plenty of different recipes out there for the variety of
ketchups, but making your own may be more fun. And, if you choose, it
can also be healthier than ketchup bought in stores. When making your
own, you can skip out on the unnecessarily high amount of unwanted
sodium and carbs that better known brands contain, overshadowing the
benefits. This offers you a more unique taste that you enjoy, and all of
the nutrients in a regular bottle of ketchup.