Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Lactose
This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

Sodium
This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
No specific GERD triggers.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.

"That's a speecy, spicy sauce..."
-1970s Alka Seltzer television commercial

The refrigerator light goes on...

There is a lot of information on the Internet about reducing acid in tomato sauce. I couldn't substantiate any of it. For instance, one site said to remove the seeds and skin, but my tests showed no change in acidity. There was a case for cooking tomatoes for a short time, cooking them for a long time, using overripe and under-ripe tomatoes. The only way to make the sauce acid neutral is to use just a little bit of baking soda. Too much and it will taste soapy. Notice that there is no need to add salt there's enough in the baking soda.

Lycopene Research

Lycopene is the antioxidant chemical that is the major red pigment in fruits and vegetables. In a recent study of over 45,000 men, researchers at Harvard University found that eating foods containing high amounts of lycopene reduced the risk of prostate cancer by about 35%. There are also studies that show lycopenes have a beneficial effect on LDL (bad cholesterol) but none that prove a correlation between eating foods high in lycopenes and a lowered risk of heart disease.

Tomatoes are one of the best sources of lycopenes and cooking them helps release the antioxidant. A medium tomato has about 3.5 mg of lycopene while tomato sauce almost 20 mg in a half a cup and tomato soup about 25 mg in a cup. Other fruits and vegetables that have red pigment like watermelon and grapefruit are good sources of lycopene as well.

There is so much discussion about antioxidants and here's another one that may have some benefit. The bottom line is that eating good food is good for you.

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Tomato Sauce - Low-acid



Servings = 10 | Serving size =1/2 cup

Cooking Time = 240 Minutes

Keeps well in the fridge for about 4 5 days.

1 Tbsp olive oil
6 cloves garlic
1 medium onion
2 28 oz. cans peeled chopped tomatoes
3 cups water
1 1/2 tsp baking soda

Place the oil in a large stock-pot and heat over a medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and add the garlic. Cook gently for about 5 minutes. Do not allow the garlic to turn brown.

Add the onions and cook for about ten minutes, until they are translucent. Stir frequently and do not allow them brown.

Add the tomatoes and water and reduce the heat to low. Cook until the tomatoes are soft (about 90 minutes).

Remove from heat and let cool for at least 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the baking soda. There will be a bubbling of the sauce. Stir and let the sauce settle. Stir about every 5 minutes until it no longer bubbles.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 1/2 cup

Servings = 10

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Amount Per Serving

Calories 46 Calories from Fat 14
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 2g 2%
    Saturated Fat 0g 1%
    Monounsaturated Fat 1g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 206mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
    Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
    Sugars 4g  
Protein 1g  
Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 27%
Calcium 5% Iron 9%
Vitamin K 5 mcg Potassium 318 mg
Magnesium 19 mg