Pasta sauce a boost for pro­bi­otics

Western Times - - LIFE / HEALTHY LIVING - bodyand­soul.com.au

PASTA and pizza lovers re­joice, be­cause a new study has found that cooked tomato sauce ac­tu­ally helps to im­prove the ac­tiv­ity of pro­bi­otics in the gut.

Re­searchers from the Univer­si­tat Po­litec­nica de Va­len­cia used tomato sauce to ex­am­ine how an­tiox­i­dants in­ter­act with good bac­te­ria in the gut.

To­ma­toes are praised as a health food due to their high level of ly­copene – a pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dant that can pro­tect and re­pair the body from dam­age caused by mul­ti­ple dis­eases. Fur­ther­more, pre­vi­ous re­search has proven that to­ma­toes have pro­bi­otic prop­er­ties, which work to boost the ac­tiv­ity of healthy bac­te­ria in the gut.

To con­duct the study, the re­searchers used pear to­ma­toes, which have a higher con­tent of ly­copene,

and specif­i­cally ex­am­ined how one of the main bac­te­rial pig­ments that af­fect gut health, Lac­to­bacil­lus reuteri, would in­ter­act with the an­tiox­i­dants found in tomato sauce, and whether or not the cook­ing process would in­flu­ence the re­sults.

The re­sults, pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Func­tion Foods, found that the an­tiox­i­dants from the tomato sauce en­hanced the pos­i­tive ef­fects of Lac­to­bacil­lus reuteri.

PHOTO: ISTOCK

Cooked tomato sauce is great for your gut.

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