10/2/12

Tuesday Trade Up: Peeled Tomatoes


What’s the only difference in these two tomato products?  Sodium content…20 milligrams versus 220 milligrams!  Added sodium is the primary nutrient that lowers scores of canned vegetables.  In fact, canned vegetables with added salt generally have a NuVal™ score that is about half that of fresh, frozen or canned products with no added salt.  Choosing veggies with no added salt is an easy way to reduce  sodium in your meals and there is usually no difference in price!  I (Tyra) have also found that, when using these products in cooked dishes or soups, there is no difference in taste – an added bonus!

Food Club Whole Peeled Tomatoes No Salt Added (NuVal Score 82)
Ingredients: Tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Citric Acid, Calcium Chloride

Serv. Size 1/2 cup
Calories: 25
Total Fat: 0
Saturated Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 20mg
Carbohydrates: 5g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 3g
Protein: 1g
Vitamin A: 15%
Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 4%
Iron 4%

Food Club Whole Peeled Tomatoes (NuVal Score 46)
Ingredients: Tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Salt, Citric Acid, Calcium Chloride
Serv. Size 1/2 cup 
Fat Calories: 0
Calories: 25
Total Fat: 0g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0g
Sodium: 220mg
Carbohydrates: 5g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 3g
Protein: 1g
Vitamin A 15%
Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 4%
Iron 4%

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