It’s a storecupboard staple that’s settled many a midweek what-to-cook dilemma, but stock up wisely – not all sauces are equal
THE NUTRITION LOWDOWN
Around three-quarters of the salt in our diet comes from ready-made products – and pasta sauces are among the many foods that contribute to these. So it’s always worth checking labels and choosing products that contain the least salt.
Health guidelines say we should have no more than 6g salt in a day. To help keep your intake within this limit, look for products that have a green traffic light or no more than 0.3g salt per 100g.
Remember to work out how much salt you’ll get in a portion. Take the figure for salt per 100g and divide it by 100. Then multiply this figure by the serving size (for example, for a 500g jar that serves 4, the serving size will be 125g).
Products aimed at children are often free from added salt, which is great news.
Don’t be fooled into thinking organic products are a healthier option they often have far more salt than non organic!
It’s very easy to make a tomato sauce from scratch with no salt at all. Grab a tin of tomatoes, add a few pinches of dried herbs, some crushed garlic, chopped onion and a splash of red wine vinegar to taste, then heat through.
All values are for 100g
Tesco Goodness Original
Tomato Pasta Sauce, £1/200g
Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce, £1.55/555g
Morrisons The Best Italian
Sundried Tomato Pasta Sauce With Basil & Garlic, £1.40/350g
Chunky Tomato & Basil Sauce, £1.70/500g widely available
Asda Garlic & Tomato
Pasta Sauce, 75p/500g
Seeds of Change
Organic Tomato And Basil Pasta Sauce,
£2.30/350g, widely available
Tomato & Herb Pasta Sauce, 95p/500g
Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce, £1.50/350g widely available
Tomato & Basil Sauce, £1.94/350g widely available
Basilico Tomato & Basil Sauce
£2/400g, available from Tesco and Ocado
Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce
£2.95/340g, available from Waitrose and Ocado
Basilico Pasta Sauce
£2.69/350g available from Waitrose and Ocado
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