Organic Tomato Paste - Concentrated Tomato Goodness
Author C. Sanders. Published on June 10, 2011 - 2:27 am (1702 views — 376 words
Eating organic foods has become a fad - more of a cult following among aficionados. However, if you look at it in general, it does have numerous health benefits that appeal to many health-conscious folks. Due to their versatility, organic tomatoes and their varying products became popular as food and ingredient.
One of the most useful and tasty product is organic tomato paste. Many dishes really go very well with this tasty ingredient. This is a great substitute if ever you need fresh or dried tomatoes right away but you don't have them at home. What's best about it is that it has no chemicals from additives or preservatives. You can check the label of a can of organic tomato paste to see the contents. It should not have any preservatives or synthetic-sounding ingredient if it is indeed organic.
Several brands of organic tomato paste also carry the seal of approval from the USDA or any food safety organizations. You may find locally produced and marketed organic tomato paste in tin cans or jars at your local organic food stores. These are better than purchasing from supermarkets since the product is most likely freshly-made and the produce is locally cultivated.
A can of organic tomato paste may cost around $1. It is bursting with flavor, thanks to the concentrated tomatoes that each can contains. It tastes a lot like sun-dried tomatoes, so it is a great alternative if you can't find the dried variant. It is also packed with nutrients such as potassium, vitamins A and C, iron and fiber.
The natural sugar in tomatoes is what makes them sweet. Lycopene is released when tomato and tomato-based products, like sauces and pastes, are heated. Tomatoes and other red-colored fruits have this red pigment called lycopene. It is also a phytochemical that only plants can synthesize. It has been said that it has antioxidant properties which makes it increasingly popular to people.
Tomatoes are staple ingredients and food for most people around the globe and not just for health buffs. Whenever there are surprise guests, you will never run out of delicious meals with a can of organic tomato paste at hand. And you can always come up with something delicious and flavorful with its concentrated goodness.