Is your little one a tomato sauce fiend? Thanks to my husband, my daughter goes nuts for a bit of red sauce! And turns out not all sauces are created equal. Today’s Chewsday Review features Rosella Honest Kids tomato sauce. How does it stack up in the nutritional stakes? Let's see...
🔹Tomato puree (65%), apple paste, vinegar, carrot juice concentrate, salt, natural colour (paprika extract), natural flavour, spice extracts
🔹Common allergens include: nil
🔹Fat and saturated fat content all meet healthy guidelines.
🔹Convenient, and keeps well in the pantry.
🔹The sugar content is within healthy guidelines at 10.2g/100g and this is 60% less than Masterfoods branded tomato sauce and 55% less than Rosella tomato sauce. This comes from fruit and vegetable bases and not as added table sugar.
🔹My husband was VERY suspicious about this sauce, and although he refuses to eat it, I actually thought it tasted just like normal sauce!
🔹The sodium content is 589mg/100g, which exceeds healthy guidelines of less than 420mg/100g. BUT, this is 30% less salt than Masterfoods branded tomato sauce and 55% less than Rosella tomato sauce. I think this is a positive for this product in a market of salty sauces.
🔹"No added cane sugar“ I like that Rosella specify that they don’t add cane sugar (also called table sugar) as opposed to ‘not adding sugar’. Lots of products can be misleading by saying ‘no added sugar’ but then using sweeteners or other forms of sugar like rice malt syrup.
🔹”Made with fruit and vegetable juices“ This is apple paste and carrot juice concentrate. These aren’t the same as actual fruit and veggies, but I’d prefer them to sugar and salt.
🔹”All natural and honest“ Thank goodness… I just hate those fake, lying tomato sauces…
🔹”Australian grown and owned“ According to the label, 94% of ingredients come from Australian origin.
🔹Tomato sauce definitely isn’t a ‘nutritious’ food, but it can be a bridge to nutritious foods. Lots of young kids who are still in the sensory overwhelm stage of their lives (read: fussy phase) find it difficult to happily eat vegetables and meat (in particular). If tomato sauce helps your little one to engage with veggies and meat then I’m all for it.
🔹This would be my preferred tomato sauce option for your family. It’s the one we use.
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