Did you know that Tomato is often referred to as a super food? Though this might not go for all tomatoes here in China tomatoes are evidently a healthy source of antioxidants, fibers and c-vitamins. If I were in Denmark I would buy organic and throughout the summer only eat our own tomatoes from our super eco green house... Reality here in Shanghai is different and I can live with that and try not to worry my life away.
We all know (or should know) that natural and fresh is best. So I always have a slight concern when using lots of canned or preserved food in general. So, how about canned tomato and a recipe like our Classic Tomato Soup recipe which is practically based on it?
- Just like fresh tomatoes, the canned version are low in calories and packed with fiber, vitamin C and fiber
- The canning process destroys some of the vitamin C and fiber but on the other hand canned tomatoes are a good source of the antioxidant lycopene (shown to help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer)
- Quick & Convenience are key in a busy everyday life
- Canned tomatoes often contain lots of salt - some brands offer "no salt added" versions. I have not found any here yet. You will often find other additives as well to preserve color and shelf life
- Like plastic containers there is some concern about the BPA (bisphenol) content in canned goods (as BPA may seep into the product from the container). Some suggest to look for boxed tomatoes instead of cans
- Remember to transfer your canned tomatoes to a plastic container after opening (Like with all other canned food)
Canned tomatoes are really convenient and really delicious aaaand actually full of nutrition. But as with everything else moderation in key so don't get too addicted. Try to go natural even when you go canned and check the label: it is possible to find preserved tomato products which only has one ingredient on the label: Tomato (hello ideal world)