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Why You’ll Love Organic Tomato Paste, 2-Pack
The history of tomatoes has been filled with much debate—How do you pronounce it? Is it a fruit or a vegetable?—but something everyone can agree on is how good tomatoes taste in a range of dishes, from simple salad to hearty pasta and beef stew. The fruit (yes, it’s a fruit) is also quite versatile, whether raw and diced or pureed into a thick cooking paste that can unilaterally amp up sauces, soups, and meat-based dishes.
Muir Glen Organic Tomato Paste is a great option that uses only 100 percent certified organic produce and cooks it for several hours before being reduced into a rich concentrate. Each 6 oz. can in this two-pack is full of pure ingredients that are free of artificial additives and chemicals. And, one serving has only 30 calories and comes with good amounts of iron and vitamins A and C while also remaining fat-free, low-carb, and low-sugar.
This tomato paste is a healthy way to satisfy a daily dose of nutritious vegetables without worrying about the preservatives, dyes, and sugar found in other products like ketchup, pizza sauce, and even tomato juice.
Every good cook has a few secrets up their sleeves; Muir Glen Organic Tomato Paste can be yours.
How Muir Glen harvests their organic tomatoes
Muir Glen’s certified organic farming methods create healthy, nutrient-rich soil that yields fresh-off-the-vine tomatoes. Growers harvest the crops in Southern California’s San Joaquin Valley in late summer, just at the peak of ripeness, and then drive bushels to a processing facility where the tomatoes are canned within eight short hours of picking. Muir Glen tomatoes are triple-washed to guarantee no cleaning agents are used and then canned without synthetic chemical additives.
Why tomato sauce is best organic
Sure, organic varieties bear a slightly heftier price tag than their non-organic counterparts, but it’s money well spent when you consider the following factors.
- Taste: Tomatoes were one of the first plants to be genetically modified in order to have a longer shelf life. Conventional tomatoes not only have dangerous GMOs, but they are notorious for tasting bland, grainy, and watery. Organic tomatoes, on the other hand, have a rich, earthy flavor that perks up almost any dish. Organic tomato-based sauces are also much sweeter thanks to a higher concentration of naturally occurring sugar.
- Nutrition: Organic tomatoes are loaded with more health-boosting antioxidants than their non-organic counterparts. That’s because growing up organic means a lack of pesticides, which are meant to protect baby tomatoes from field pests like bugs. As a result, natural tomatoes produce more stress compounds—like vitamin C and lycopene—that protect them from being eaten by predators. These nutrients give the fruit its bright red color, which intimidates animals. The result is a tomato that’s fought hard to survive, and has a rich source of vitamins to prove it.
- Environment: Organic farms are more careful about cycling their crops to ensure that the land remains arable for seasons to come. That’s in contrast to conventional farms that grow and fertilize produce at rapid-fire rates, which can potentially deplete the soil of its important nutrients for many generations.
Health benefits of tomatoes
With tomatoes being so prevalent in so many of the meals that we eat, it can be easy to lose sight of the health benefits that they can provide, including a wealth of nutrients.
Organic tomatoes are a fantastic natural source of minerals like potassium, iron, magnesium, and copper. As well, they are an excellent way to get some of the recommended daily allowances of nutritional building blocks like vitamins A, C, E, and K, in addition to potassium and dietary fiber. Tomatoes are also rich in antioxidants, which help to maintain the body’s overall cellular health and fight a number of diseases as well as signs of early aging.
Lower blood pressure
According to researchers at Athens Medical School in England, tomato products like Muir Glen Organic Tomato Paste have been shown to help reduce blood pressure by improving flow-mediated dilation (FMD) by 3.3 percent. The study showed that the antioxidant lycopene, which helps to give tomatoes their bright red color, can help prevent hardening of the arteries and increase overall blood flow.
Free radicals are the bad materials that can break down cellular walls inside the human body. Free radical damage and cellular breakdown has been linked to a range of complications, including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease, and they can also accelerate the aging process. Antioxidants and carotenoids like lycopene, found heavily in tomatoes, fight these damaging compounds and prevent the risks for developing any of the associated health problems. Given its antioxidant properties, lycopene has also been used to combat human papillomavirus (HPV) infections as well as asthma.
The compounds in tomatoes, like lycopene, also provide an efficient way to help to lower bad LDL cholesterol and the fatty triglycerides that can build up and block arteries. Concentrations of iron and vitamin K also assist in maintaining overall blood health and control clotting and excess bleeding.
Tomatoes have vitamin A, the nutrient in carrots often linked to better eyesight. As such, eating tomatoes is also a great way to keep your peepers operating at their best, including better night vision and aiding in the prevention of macular degeneration and cataracts.
Recipes using Muir Glen Organic Tomato Paste
Tomato paste is a super versatile cooking ingredient that can enhance everything from Italian delicacies to American standards. Here are a couple of Thrive Market’s favorite ideas.
This meaty casserole is a fantastic addition to any Paleo diet—it’s spaghetti and meatballs without the spaghetti! Ground beef is mixed with shallots, parsley, chives, egg yolks, garlic powder, allspice, and cumin and then cooked in a cast iron skillet with a hearty tomato sauce made from tomato paste and a range of spices.
Tasty pork chops get even more flair when topped with a delicious homemade Spanish walnut romesco sauce, made of roasted red bell peppers, garlic, spices, olive oil, tomato paste, and walnuts. It makes the perfect weeknight dinner for your family or any time you want to impress guests.
Reviews For Organic Tomato Paste, 2-Pack
Based on 6 Reviews
Nice to have
As a long time diabetic, I have cut most of the tomato based foods from my diet due to their sweetness.
I purchased this tomato paste to mix into a soup. It was very tasty when combined with my other ingredients, but very sweet on its own. I won't have much use for this as I rarely eat anything with tomatoes but for this time, it was satisfying.
- Patty Clarke
Great for Cheese Bread Dipping Sauce
We use this for cheese bread dipping sauce. We use this sauce (plus some oregano) because of the simplicity and add a little hot sauce every so often. It is great that it is organic and from a great company.
Be aware that this has oils in it that come from corn. If you are allergic to corn, this is not the sauce for you. My family will continue to use and and enjoy the flavor. Maybe they should included that in the ingredients list.
- Lucas Sutton
Muir Glen is the best!
I personally buy my tomato products exclusively from Muir Glen. They allow their tomatoes to fully ripen on the vine which maximizes their flavor and nutritional potential. They also do not use any fertilizers or artificial ingredients so they are pure, organic tomatoes.
The consistency and flavor of this paste makes it easily the best tomato paste I've ever tried. I like to keep a few stocked in the pantry at all times.
- Mario Dawson
I use this as a base for many of my dishes. It's a tad bit sweet on its own, but excellent in any dish asking of tomatoes.
A solid tomato paste...
This an old standby - it tastes great and it's organic. It makes a lovely tomato sauce when added to fresh tomatoes, etc.
- Ching B.
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