Tomato Cooking Sauce

Some of the excellent ingredients found in our Gourmet Tomato Sauce

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Tomatoes

Ripe tomatoesOne serving of red, ripe, raw tomatoes (one cup or 150 grams) is a good source of Vitamins A, C, K, folate and potassium. Tomatoes are naturally low in sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. Tomatoes also provide thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus and copper, all of which are necessary for good health. Here are some other benefits:

  1. Healthy Skin: Tomatoes make your skin look great. Beta-carotene, also found in carrots and sweet potatoes, helps protect skin against sun damage. Tomatoes’ lycopene also makes skin less sensitive to UV light damage, a leading cause of fine lines and wrinkles
  2. Strong Bones: Tomatoes build strong bones.The vitamin K and calcium in tomatoes are both very good for strengthening and repairing bones.
  3. Blood Sugar: Tomatoes can keep your blood sugar in balance. Tomatoes are a very good source of chromium, which helps to regulate blood sugar.
  4. Vision: Tomatoes can improve your vision. The vitamin A that tomatoes provide can improve vision and help prevent night blindness. Recent research shows that consuming tomatoes may help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a serious and irreversible eye condition.
  5. Hair: Tomatoes will even make your hair look better.The vitamin A found in tomatoes works to make hair strong and shiny.
  6. Prevents Kidney and Gallstones: Tomatoes can help prevent kidney stones and gallstones. Some studies suggest that kidney and gall stones are less likely to form in people who eat tomatoes without the seeds.
  7. Chronic pain: Tomatoes can reduce chronic pain. If you are one of the millions of people who deal with mild to moderate chronic pain (such as from arthritis or back pain), tomatoes may be a pain-buster. Tomatoes are high in bio-flavonoids and carotenoids, which are known anti-inflammatory agents.
  8. Chronic pain often involves chronic inflammation, so attacking the inflammation is a good way to fight the chronic pain. (Many commercial drugs that fight pain are actually anti-inflammatory drugs.)

Read more from: http://www.beliefnet.com/Health/9-Surprising-Health-Benefits-of-Tomatoes.aspx?p=1

Garlic

Garlic and a few slices

  1. A compound in garlic called ajoene is a natural antioxidant that has anti-clotting abilities, thus helping in the prevention of heart disease and strokes.
  2. The allicin in garlic has been shown to lower blood pressure
  3. It fights free radicals.
  4. It has been shown to reduce inflammation and pain in the body, making it beneficial for people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  5. Cold and flu prevention: Because of its antiviral and antibacterial properties as well as its vitamin C content, garlic is a powerful agent against the common cold as well as the flu.
  6. It is a good source of vitamin B6.

Read more at: http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/20-health-benefits-of-garlic.html

Curry Leaves

The Curry Tree is a tropical to sub-tropical tree from India. It produces the leaves known as Curry leaves or Sweet Neem leavesPacked with carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, phosphorous, irons and vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin E, curry leaves help your heart function better, fights infections and can enliven your hair and skin with vitality.

  1. Keeps Anemia at Bay: Curry leaves are a rich source of iron and folic acid. Folic acid is mainly responsible for carrying and helping the body absorb iron, and since kadi patta is a rich source of both the compounds it is your one-stop natural remedy to beat anaemia.
  2. Improves Digestion: Curry leaves is known to help improve digestion and alter the way your body absorbs fat, thereby helping you lose weight. Since weight gain is one of the leading causes of diabetes, kadi patta treats the problem right at the root.
  3. Lowers Cholesterol: Many research shows that curry leaves have properties that can help in lowering one’s blood cholesterol levels. Packed with antioxidants, curry leaves prevent the oxidation of cholesterol that forms LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). This in turn helps in increasing the amount of good cholesterol (HDL) and protects your body from conditions like heart disease and atherosclerosis.

Read More at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/health/Health-benefits-of-curry-leaves/articleshow/30904781.cms

Cardamom

Heap of Cardamom Seeds isolated on white

  1. Digestion – Cardamom is related to ginger and can be used in much the same way to counteract digestive problems.
  2. Detoxify – This spice helps the body eliminate waste through the kidneys.
  3. Oral Health – Apart from helping with bad breath, cardamom is used for mouth ulcers and infections of the mouth and throat.
  4. Blood Pressure – As a diuretic and fiber rich spice, cardamom significantly lowers blood pressure .
  5. Blood Clots – Cardamom prevents dangerous blood clots by preventing platelet aggregation and the sticking to the artery walls.
  6. Antioxidant – Many of the vitamins, phytonutrients, and essential oils in cardamom act as antioxidants, cleaning up free radicals and resisting cellular aging.
  7. Anti-inflammatory – Like ginger and turmeric, its relatives, cardamom has some anti-inflammatory properties that limit pain and swelling, especially in mucus membranes, the mouth, and throat.

Read more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/15-health-benefits-of-cardamom/

 

Onions

Fresh bulbs of onion on a white background

  1. The phytochemicals in onions improve the working of Vitamin C in the body, thus gifting you with improved immunity.
  2. Onions contain chromium, which assists in regulating blood sugar.
  3. For centuries, onions have been used to reduce inflammation and heal infections.
  4. Onions scavenge free radicals, thereby reducing your risk of developing gastric ulcers.

Read more at: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-great-reasons-to-eat-more-onions.html