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Tomato paste is a puree-like concentrate of fresh tomatoes. It is a bright red sauce with a unique tomato flavor. It is a distinctive condiment and is generally not directly imported. Tomato paste is made by crushing, beating, removing rough and hard substances such as skin and seeds, and then concentrating, canning and sterilizing mature red tomatoes. Tomato sauce is often used as a cooking condiment for fish, meat and other foods. The use of tomato sauce is an important seasoning content that forms the flavor characteristics of Hong Kong and Cantonese cuisine.
The efficacy and role of tomato paste
1. Suppresses cancer
Lycopene has a preventive effect on some types of cancer, has an inhibitory effect on breast cancer, lung cancer, endometrial cancer, and can also fight against lung and colon cancer.
Lycopene in tomato has the effect of diuretic and inhibiting the growth of bacteria, is an excellent antioxidant, can remove free radicals in the human body, and its anti-cancer effect is twice that of β-carotene.
3. Stimulate Appetite
Tomato sauce tastes sweet and sour, which can increase appetite, and lycopene is more easily absorbed by the body in the state of containing fat.
Nutritional value of tomato paste
In addition to lycopene, tomato paste also contains vitamin B group, dietary fiber, minerals, protein and natural pectin, etc. Compared with fresh tomatoes, the nutrients in tomato paste are more easily absorbed by the body.