Sun-Dried Tomato Spread is probably a product you’re not very familiar with, mainly because, as far as we know, we’re one of the few people who make it. So we’re making a quick episode, as requested by listeners, to explain this product.
We’ll explain exactly what it is, why you might want to use it, and how you might use it.
We go into more depth in the podcast, but below are some show notes as well.
What is Sun-Dried Tomato Spread?
Sun-dried tomatoes blended with extra virgin olive oil and spices to create a product that’s somewhere between a ketchup and a paste.
It’s naturally a tiny bit sweet due to the concentration of the tomatoes, and it is thick like a tomato paste, but has much more flavor.
Why use it?
Plus, the spreads are made with extra virgin olive oil which improves lycopene absorption by the body. And that’s not counting the extra virgin olive oil benefits!
So in the end, you’ve got one powerful—yet delicious—antioxidant spread without any sugar, corn syrup or any sweetener of any kind. Plus, no any preservatives or chemicals.
Why is Lycopene important and what is it?
(Note: Please see full disclaimer below stating I am NOT a doctor nor nutritionist. This is general information I have found on the internet and curated for you.)
Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant from the Vitamin A (carotenoid) family. Like any anti-antioxidant, it is believed that it may help protect cells from damage.
It’s what gives fruits and vegetables their red color, thus you can also find lycopene in watermelons, pink grapefruits, apricots and pink guavas.
I stand corrected from what I say in the podcast in that it appears gac (????) has the highest content of lycopene of any know fruit or vegetable. It’s found in southeast Asia. But since most of us have never heard it, much less tried it, 85% of lycopene for most people comes from some sort of tomato product. If someone has ever had gac please let me know in the comments!
As for the health benefits, as I said, it’s considered a power anti-oxidant which is protects us for free radicals. Several articles I read mentioned tons of benefits lycopene is being studied for, everything from asthma help, cancer prevention, coronary artery disease prevention — and the one that got a ton of press — help with enlarged prostate. It seems no study has definitely proved lycopene’s effectiveness in treating any of these ailments. While there is unclear scientific evidence for all of these, that certainly won’t keep me from enjoying the spread.
But, the best benefit? It’s just damn delicious!
How do you use it?
Put it on a cracker or small piece of toast and you have an instant appetizer or snack! So quick, yet so delicious.
Dip crackers, chips or raw vegetables (or yes, even just your spoon) in a bowl of it and enjoy.
Use this wherever you would ketchup. Sandwiches, hot dogs, and burgers. You won’t be coating your food with a layer of sugar, and it gives you a super concentrated, delicious tomato flavor.
In stead of tomato paste in your favorite sauce recipe, add the same amount of Sun-Dried Tomato Spread. It acts on the same principle of being a concentrated tomato flavor, but adds so much more flavor than paste.
Use it in your favorite meatloaf recipe in place of ketchup or tomato paste and enjoy.
Any fans out there have another great what they’ve used our Sun-Dried Tomato Spread? Let us know in the comments!
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