Opinions on Low Carb Spaghetti Sauce on Low or No Carb Days.
***I've posted this elsewhere but, the more comments the better***
I recently purchased some Carb Options Low Carb Spaghetti sauce b/c I was thinking of putting it on some whole wheat pasta for High Carb Days. I've since nicked the idea b/c if I can't have real pasta then I don't really want it.
Anyhoo I had some really dry boiled/baked chicken and had a grand idea of coating it with the sauce. Here are the statistics on the sauce, bear in mind I'm not pouring it on and eating the sauce just using it as a coating, kinda like BBQ sauce or something. Depending on the response I may be so inclined to add this to some brown rice which I detest. I've seen many who low carb/ or carb cycle use salsa so I am hoping this isn't too detrimental. I don't plan nor aspire to compete so a little slower results with some happiness in food choices would be great.
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 40
% Daily Value
Total Fat 4.5g 7%
Saturated Fat 0.5g 3%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0g 0%
Sodium 540mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g 0%
Protein 2g 0%
Nutrition Facts Serving Size 1/2 Cup (125g)
Servings Per Container 6
***Also note how large the serving size is....which I know I'm not using on 2 pieces of chicken breasts****
INGREDIENTS: Water, Diced Tomatoes in Puree, Tomato Paste, Onions, Olive Oil, Salt, Xanthan Gum, Romano Cheese (Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Parsley, Potassium Chloride, Spices, Basil, Paprika (for color), Malic Acid, Natural Flavors, Sucralose (Splenda Brand).
* NET CARBS CALCULATION: For those watching their carbs, count only 5 grams. From 7 total carbohydrates and subtract 2 grams of fiber as this has minimal impact on blood sugar.
whole wheat pasta is actually pretty good i prefer it to regular pasta. for sauces i usually go with hunts garlic and herb, it comes in a big can
for each 1/2 cup serving there are 40 calories, 1 gram of fat, 8 grams of carbs 3 are fiber and 5 are sugar, and 2 grams of protein. those are some pretty solid stats but the best part is that the 26 oz. can cost about 59 cents. you should give it a try there is no added sugar in the ingredients
I would skip the sauce and make your own. Either that or find a better sauce. One thats low fat and low in sugar. 1/2 C of sauce is nothing and you will need more so that means that the servings will be more than 1. Diced tomatoes or stewed tomatoes are a great base for sauce. Then add onions, garlic, peppers etc. and make your own. It only take a few mins.
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make my sauce, damn, it takes long enough cooking all that chicken, pasta, and cuttin up all the vegetables, i like my sauce it is pretty solid, especially when you compare it to something like the prego sauce which is loaded with fat and sugar
Low carb sauce huh? Amazing what marketing can do these days.
Me, I see no reason why you necessarily need to slave over a hot stove a-making da gravy (unless you want to -- sure, it's fun if you're into it, and you can season to taste) but you can definitely do better than this (snort! giggle!) "low carb" sauce.
Granted, the trend is over, but if I were you, I'd look at that ingredient list again -- then look into, say, an organic/natural brand of low-fat sauce. Which should be low-carb, because a basic tomato sauce, like a basic salsa, IS low-carb, without having any stupid label or a bunch of Sucralose flung at it.
80 calories, half from fat? And some of that fat from cheese? (Probably cheap cheese, too; if you want cheese on your whatever, I recommend you buy some real, genuine Parmesan -- in a block, fresh from Italy -- and grate a bit on top. Guarantee you, even with a minimal amount, you will taste it, and the fat and calories (a mere 25 per tablespoon) will actually be worth your while.)
Anyway, back to the sauce. Seek thee a good, natural brand. You oughtta be able to find one that has nothing but tomatoes/tomato paste, onion/garlic/veg, spices and salt. Sugar/sweetener-free is a bit hard to find -- but it's hard to find in salsa, too. They are out there.