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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tuesday Tip

Tomato Sauce
Listed in Dr. Oz's "Food - Hall of Fame"
I don't really get to watch much TV at all...too busy. Every now and then I turn Oprah on while I'm folding clothes. I've seen her show a couple of times when she has had Dr. Oz as a guest.
Dr. Oz recommends eating 10 tablespoons of tomato sauce per week. "Inside the tomato is a chemical called lycopene," says Dr. Oz. "This chemical has a wonderful effect—it's an antioxidant." Dr. Oz says there are added benefits from eating tomato sauce or paste as opposed to plain tomatoes. "A raw tomato is fine, too, but if you get a little fat with it—either with some nuts or a little olive oil and dressing—then it's perfect," says Dr. Oz. "It helps you absorb it better into your intestinal system."
Ever since that episode, I've been trying to serve spaghetti a few times every month. I came across this sauce by Bertolli at Sam's Club one day and it is really good! I like the Olive Oil Basil and Garlic. If everyone's going to be home for dinner, I use 2 jars and add a can of tomatoe sauce. You can add hamburger, sausage, meatballs or whatever. It's quite tasty!
Dr. Roizen beams when he talks about one particular food: tomatoes. "They decrease cancer and they decrease arterial aging, heart disease, stroke, memory loss, impotence, wrinkling of the skin," he says. "In fact, Dr. Oz and I think a small town should be named after aspirin: it's that important. But a whole country should be named after tomatoes!" So should they be raw or cooked?
"It takes 165 raw tomatoes to equal 10 tablespoons of tomato sauce," Dr. Roizen says. "So it's much easier to have tomato sauce." Dr. Roizen adds that it doesn't matter what kind of tomato sauce you have, "as long as it's cooked, and you eat it with a little olive oil and a little healthy fat because it's much better absorbed with it."
Hmmmm...I think I'll start serving it a little more often!


Susan said...

Love that! I do a quick thing with tomatoes (this will add the fat if you want to keep it fresh). I slice ripe tomatoes, lay them on an oven-proof platter, drizzle with Olive oil, sprinkle a little basil on them, and then just a smidge of fresh parmesan cheese over that. Broil in the oven for a short ime, like 3-4 minutes, till warm and bubly. Soo good!

Marci said...

It's so nice to know that things you like anyway are good for you!

Natalie said...

I love tomatoes any way i can get them. We have spaghetti or pasta of some sort at least once a week.

And the recipe that Susan recommended is super yummy. I usually put a small slice of mozzarella on mine though.

dreamit said...

This is great stuff.

sewpink said...

I LOVE tomatoes. Good to know I can enjoy them all the more!

Dottie said...

This was very interesting!

Coping with Memory Loss said...

Tomatoes are supposed to be good fro a lot of things, as you say they decrease cancer risk, arterial aging, heart disease, stroke, memory loss, impotence, wrinkling of the skin," including the lessening sunburn of the skin!