Is Commercial or Store Bought Tomato Sauce Really Red?



*So, I have been growing my own tomatoes – Cherry: Red and Yellow, Heirloom, Beefsteak, Roma – for the past few years. My curiosity got the best of me when I decided to puree a recipe I cook often – the Italian Pomodoro Sauce which is basically tomatoes, garlic, EVOO, unsalted butter, basil and S & P.



So I picked about 50-60 cherry tomatoes, varying in colors tonite between reds, light red and yellows. I prepared them by slicing them in half, shaving garlic, prepping basil by julienne, and adding EVOO and unsalted butter to a large pan.

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First I added butter and EVOO to melt down – this helps the oil from burning. Then I added tomatoes to soften until they burst. I added the garlic, cooked for another 5 minutes then added the shredded basil. Once it was finally all cooked together, I threw it all in my blender and purred until it was of a smoothie consistency.


So, what color do you think came out? Red? You’d think so which is what we are all used to? Not even close! My sauce was ORANGE. Then it occurred to me that major store sauces probably add an additive color like Red40. Does anyone know what that is? Well, I now do!


Red40 is a dye that does not really agree with humans or with animals for that matter. In fact, ‘Red 40 is a chemical compound that comes from coal tars. Dyes made from coal tars are created by mixing various fragrant smelling hydrocarbons like benzyne and toluene. Back in the day (think: ancient Egyptians) dye was made from things found in nature, like flowers, leaves, roots, etc. Over time however, scientists have learned how to create these colors in the lab – this is where dyes like Red 40 made their debut.’ by Integrative Nutrition (click link for more information).

Soooooo….YUUUUUUCCCCCKKKKK! I have a nephew who falls on the Spectrum and he has always had food sensitivities. Does this sound familiar? I cannot make a claim against anything and I am not a Doctor nor am I nutritionist. However, I am a mother growing a garden filled with fresh food, no pesticides and now know what colors my prepared food looks like!

Bon Appetit!

*These are my own personal opinions. I am not influenced by any other people or third parties. I do not accept money for my writings or which way I write or have opinions on.


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