Jeff, We use a ton of pasta sauce in our house and the family favorite for years has been Classico Spicy Tomato and Basil. Although its low in fat 15 fat cals per 70 cal serving), it does contain olive oil (last item on list before the spices) and it does not meet your sodium guidelines (450 mg per 70 cal serving).
I went shopping at all health food stores yesterday to try to find oil- free, lower sodium pasta sauce. I wanted to run by the choice I made to see if you think it is okay.
I probably looked at 100 different jars of pasta sauce and found ONE, that's right just one, that had no added oil, but it doesnt meet your sodium guidelines: Muir Glen Organic Portobello Mushroom. There was one without sodium, but it had oil, and was nearly 30% calories from fat, so I figured eliminating the oil was more important. In all the Muir Glen is not much of an improvement over what we've been using, and it costs a ton more.
Would you be kind enough to take a look at the two compared and let me know if it's worth the expense (not to mention family outrage) at switching sauces?
Here's the nutritional profile for the two sauces:
Classico Spicy Tomato and Basil per 1/2 c: 70 cal, 15 fat cal, 450 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 6 g sugars. Ingredients: tomato puree (Water, tomato paste), diced tomatoes (tomatoes, tomato juice,citric acid, calcium chloride), red bell peppers, sugar, olive oil, basil, salt, onions, dehydrated garlic, spices,dehydrated onions, natural favors, dehydrated bell peppers, crushed red pepper.
Muir Glen Organic Portobello Mushroom per 1/2 c: 50 cal, 0 fat cal, 350 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 4 g sugars. Ingredients: tomato puree (Water, tomato paste), tomatoes in juice, portobello mushrooms, onions, sugar, sea salt, garlic, parsley, mushroom powder, citric acid, calcium chloride, oregano,mblack beeper, basil, thyme.
In case our specific health concerns affect your answer: I am obese and have moderately elevated cholesterol and very slightly elevated bp. The rest of the family is normal wt and has no health issues other than asthma.
Is there a sauce out there that tastes good and DOES fully meet your guidelines? My locally owned health food store is willing to try to carry something for me. But I have to know what to request.
Making my own would be ideal, I know, but I don't have time to do this as the family uses it almost daily and I don't have a freezer where I could store jars made up in advance.
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