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Tomato Sauce: Yay or Nay?


Is tomato sauce a good choice for people with diabetes? Get the facts here.

Serving size:
1 cup (245 g)

Carbs: 13 g

Calories: 59

Glycemic index: unavailable*

Glycemic load: unavailable*


Tomato sauce is actually a healthy way to get vegetables in your diet. Cooked tomato products — such as tomato sauce, as well as tomato soup — are one of the richest sources of lycopene, an antioxidant linked with a lower risk of heart disease and prostate cancer. Tomato sauce is also brimming with vitamin C and gives you a good amount of fiber (4 g per cup).

Still, there are a couple things to keep in mind: many tomato sauces are high in sodium, and most of them have added sugar, some more than others. Find one with a short ingredient list and opt for no-added sugar, low-sodium tomato sauce if it’s available.

Quick tip: Tomato sauce isn’t just for pasta! Use it to jazz up cooked spaghetti squash or grilled eggplant.


*Hasn't been analyzed but does contain carbs.


Published on August 1, 2016.


— Compiled by Kerri-Ann Jennings, MS, RD

Reviewed by Toby Smithson, MS, RD, LDN, CDE on June 20, 2016.
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