6 Surprising Sources of Sugar
Tomato-Based Pasta Sauces
One leading brand of sauce delivers 15 grams of sugar (almost 4 teaspoons) per ½-cup serving—and in reality, most of us eat closer to a cup of sauce with our pasta. The same brand lists sugar as the third ingredient after tomato puree and tomato juice. I’m not advocating cutting tomato sauce from your diet, though: it counts as a vegetable serving and is packed with lycopene, a potent antioxidant associated with lower risk of prostate and breast cancers. Look for a sauce where any type of sugar (corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, etc.) is either not listed at all or is near the end of the ingredient list. One lower-sugar choice is Mario Batali’s Tomato Basil Sauce, which has 3 grams of sugar per ½ cup (only 12 calories or ¾ teaspoon).
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