Get the Skinny: Love it, Like it, Hate it – Pasta Sauce

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Craving Italian?  Pasta sauce is rich in cancer-fighting lycopene, but it can also be loaded with salt and sugar. Find out Molly’s top picks – and worst bets – in today’s Love it, Like it, Hate it!

 

Notes:  Nutrition facts are per half-cup serving

 

LOVE IT!

 

Sal & Judy’s Heart Smart Sauce (Roasted Garlic, Chunky, Original)

  • 45 calories, 135 mg sodium, 8 grams carbs, 4 grams sugar (0 added sugar)
  • Ingredients: Vine-ripened tomatoes, onions, roasted garlic, basil, extra virgin olive oil, spices

 

Engine 2 Plant Strong Pasta Sauce

  • 40 calories, 140 mg sodium, 8 grams carbs, 4 grams sugar (0 added sugar)
  • Ingredients include: Organic tomatoes, tomato juice, tomato puree, carrot puree, red bell pepper puree, sweet potato puree, onions, kale, garlic, basil, salt, etc.

 

LIKE IT!

 

Prego Lower Sodium [formerly Prego Heart Smart Sauce]

  • 70 calories, 360 mg sodium, 12 grams carbs, 9 grams sugar
  • Ingredients include: tomato puree, diced tomatoes, sugar, canola oil, salt, onions, spices

 

Classico Pasta Sauce // sodium starts to creep up

  • 60 calories, 500 mg sodium, 12 grams carbs, 8 grams sugar
  • Ingredients include tomato puree, diced tomato, sugar, onions, salt, olive oil, herbs, spices

 

Red Gravy – by Tony Mandina’s Restaurant // sodium starts to creep up

  • 45 calories, 560 mg sodium, 10 grams carbs, 7 grams sugar
  • Ingredients: Tomato sauce, tomato paste, sweet onions, sugar, vegetable oil, garlic, salt, spices

 

 

HATE IT!

 

Monjuni’s Salsa di Pomidoro Pasta Sauce

  • 80 calories, 400 mg sodium, 14 grams carb, 13 grams sugar (sugar is 2nd ingredient)
  • Ingredients include tomato puree, sugar, olive oil, salt, lemon juice, garlic, onion, spices

 

Hunt’s Pasta Sauce – e.g. Garlic & Herb

  • 40 calories, 610 mg sodium, 8 grams carb, 4 grams sugar
  • Ingredients include tomato puree, salt, soybean oil, carrot fiber, dried garlic, spices, sugar, sorbitol (a sugar alcohol associated with laxative effect)

 

Hunt’s No Added Sugar

  • 35 calories, 600 mg sodium, 7 grams carbs, 4 grams sugar (0 added sugar)
  • Ingredients include: tomato puree, salt, carrot fiber, soybean oil, spices, xanthan gum, and artificial sweeteners acesulfame potassium, sucralose

 

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