It's every child's favorite meal: spaghetti with tomato sauce. If things have to be done quickly, every parent likes to grab the ready-made tomato sauce from the jar. But what does not belong on the plate are mold toxins, too much salt, aromas and tomatoes with unclear origin. Ökotest therefore took a closer look at 21 tomato sauces. The result: Eleven cut "good" or "very good", two rattled completely. The rest is more in midfield.
Tomatoes are healthy and a good source of nutrients: vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Hardly any calories. It's all the more annoying when processed tomato products don't live up to their good reputation: in the products from "Gut
Salt is also a problem in the sauces: the salt content varies between 0.01 (La Selva tomato sauce) and 1.28 grams (Maggi and Cucina Nobile) per 100 grams. In 14 sauces, the testers assessed increased salt content. Test winner among the sauces La Selva (2.22 euros per 400 g) is given top marks because no salt is added. In terms of taste, however, there is almost nothing to pass. The examiners found the Maggi Pomodoro Sauce to be the worst: too sweet, the smell of thyme too strong.
Many manufacturers were able to prove their supply chains in an exemplary manner. That tomatoes from Italy are in the jar is not always a matter of course. Processed tomato products often come from China. The big providers Barilla and Unilever (Knorr) are particularly disappointing when it comes to transparency. At least they try to prove the origin of the tomatoes right down to the field. Ökotest evaluates this behavior.
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