Passat sauce - composition, benefits, harm

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Passat sauce - composition, benefits, harm
Passat sauce - composition, benefits, harm

Composition and calorie content of Italian sauce. How can it be useful for the body, are there any contraindications to its use? How is trade wind sauce made?

Passata is an Italian sauce made from tomatoes and herbs. The recipe was created by the famous chef from Italy Galton Blackstone. It is interesting, however, that according to the author's idea, it was recommended for making hamburgers, although today it is known more as a dressing for the signature dishes of Italian cuisine - pasta and pizza. However, the sauce is universal: it will enhance the taste of both the sandwich and almost any main hot dish, and even soup. It is noteworthy that the trade wind is more than just a delicious dressing, considering that its main component is such a healthy vegetable as a tomato, it can also be considered as a way to improve the body's health.

What is trade wind sauce?

Making the trade wind sauce
Making the trade wind sauce

The recipe for the trade wind sauce does not provide for a large number of ingredients: the original preparation included only three ingredients - tomatoes, shallots and thyme. Today you can find it as more "lightweight" versions of recipes for tradewind sauce, in which it is exclusively tomato puree - in this variation it is an analogue of the usual tomato paste; and more "loaded" - with the addition of various vegetables, herbs and spices.

One way or another, the tomato trade wind is always prepared according to the same scheme: the tomatoes are cut quite large and either stewed in a pan, or baked in the oven, when ready they are whipped with a blender, and then rubbed through a sieve. Greens, salt, pepper and other dry spices are added before chopping, and fresh ingredients (onions, garlic) are baked / stewed with tomatoes.

At the same time, please note that if the tomatoes are stewed, you also need to use vegetable oil and, of course, in this case it is best to choose olive oil, it will not only make the dish healthier, but also emphasize the origin of the recipe, because olive oil is the most popular in Italy.

The trade wind is often harvested for the winter, since tomatoes in sauce are "soloed", and it is their taste that determines the final taste of the dressing. And, of course, a summer tomato cannot be compared with the one that grew out of season in artificial conditions. The technology of the recipe for trade winds for the winter does not differ from the classic cooking scheme, however, it requires the addition of components that contribute to the long preservation of the product - most often it is vinegar. However, it is recommended to take natural vinegar - apple or wine. In addition, when preparing a trade wind sauce according to a recipe for the winter, it is imperative to sterilize the jars and lids.

Composition and calorie content of trade winds

Italian passata sauce
Italian passata sauce

In the photo, the trade wind sauce

Since the trade wind is prepared mainly from tomatoes and herbs with a small addition of oil, its calorie content is more than moderate, and even on dietary nutrition protocols, you can diversify dishes with this sauce without remorse.

The calorie content of the trade winds is 80 kcal per 100 g, of which

  • Proteins - 0.8 g;
  • Fats - 6, 5 g;
  • Carbohydrates - 4, 9 g.

In addition, it is worth noting that the trade winds contain many vitamins and minerals, this sauce owes its main ingredient - tomato. Further, the vitamin and mineral composition of this vegetable.

Vitamins per 100 g

  • Vitamin A, RE - 42 mcg;
  • Alpha carotene - 101 mcg;
  • Beta carotene - 0.449 mg;
  • Vitamin B1, thiamine - 0.037 mg
  • Vitamin B2, riboflavin - 0.019 mg;
  • Vitamin B4, choline - 6, 7 mg;
  • Vitamin B5, pantothenic acid - 0.089 mg;
  • Vitamin B6, pyridoxine - 0.08 mg;
  • Vitamin B9, folate - 15 mcg;
  • Vitamin C, ascorbic acid - 13.7 mg;
  • Vitamin E, alpha-tocopherol - 0.54 mg;
  • Vitamin K, phylloquinone - 7, 9 mcg;
  • Vitamin PP, NE - 0, 594 mg;
  • Betaine - 0.1 mg

Macronutrients per 100 g

  • Potassium - 237 mg;
  • Calcium - 10 mg;
  • Magnesium - 11 mg;
  • Sodium - 5 mg;
  • Sulfur - 8, 8 mg;
  • Phosphorus - 24 mg

Microelements per 100 g

  • Iron - 0.27 mg;
  • Manganese - 0, 114 mg;
  • Copper - 59 mcg;
  • Fluorine - 2.3 mcg;
  • Zinc - 0.17 mg.

In addition, tomatoes are the richest source of the powerful antioxidant lycopene, and they also contain large amounts of important antioxidants that protect eye health - lutein and zeaxanthin. Finally, tomatoes are a source of dietary fiber, valuable amino acids and phytosterols.

Of course, you need to understand that during heat treatment, some of the valuable components leave the product, but not to such a large extent that all their beneficial effects come to naught.

Useful properties of trade winds

Passat sauce in a jar
Passat sauce in a jar

We are used to the fact that sauce is usually a harmful addition to food, but the trade wind is an exception in this regard. The dressing is very useful, even if it is made purely from tomatoes, it has the following beneficial properties:

  1. Improving the state of the hematopoietic system … We often hear that the color and type of a vegetable, fruit, nut already hints at its beneficial properties. So, a walnut has the shape of a brain and has a positive effect on the brain, and a red tomato, in turn, has a beneficial effect on the composition of the blood. In addition to saturating the blood with useful components, it also controls its density and prevents thrombosis.
  2. Antioxidant effect … Tomatoes contain many antioxidants that are not destroyed during the preparation of the sauce, and one of them - lycopene - becomes even more active after heat treatment. The role of antioxidants in the body is enormous: they control the level of free radicals, which, in excess, can destroy our cells, provoke mutations, thereby increasing the rate of aging and increasing the likelihood of cancerous processes.
  3. Beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system … Tomatoes are able to regulate blood pressure, there is even a study in which people with high blood pressure acted as test subjects. After a weekly consumption of tomatoes in one form or another without additional interventions, the pressure was reduced by an average of 10 points.
  4. Normalization of the digestive system … Tomatoes have a stimulating effect on all organs of the digestive system. By increasing the acidity of gastric juice, they help the stomach to digest food more efficiently, and the better the food is pre-processed before entering the intestine, the more nutrients can be absorbed from it. In addition, the sauce is a source of dietary fiber, which helps to remove all excess from the body in a timely manner.
  5. Improving the functioning of the nervous system … The tomato sauce of the trade wind also has a positive effect on the nervous system, due to the content of a special substance tyramine in tomatoes, which is converted in the body into serotonin, a well-known hormone of pleasure. Thus, by adding a little trade winds to the dish, you can not only make it tastier, but also improve your mood.

However, the sauce is often prepared not only from tomatoes, other components are also added to it. Most often, onions, garlic, thyme and olive oil are put in the trade wind. Each of these ingredients taken separately can also provide great benefits to the body.

So, for example, onions and garlic are well-known anti-inflammatory foods, they are able to equally actively fight against bacterial and viral infections, and therefore the sauce in which these components are present is very useful for immunity. In addition, garlic has a pronounced antiparasitic effect.

Thyme, like any other herb, has a very rich chemical composition. 100 g of fresh thyme contains double the daily dose of vitamin C, iron and manganese, half the daily value of beta-carotene, magnesium and calcium. Needless to say, the role of this product for the body is simply invaluable, therefore, if not for taste, then for the benefit, thyme must be added to the sauce.

Finally, it is worth saying about olive oil: this product is, first of all, a source of healthy omega-9 fatty acids, which have a positive effect on the condition of the skin, hair, nails, and stimulate the normal production of sex hormones. In general, trade wind sauce is a real storehouse of nutrients for your body.