Pasta sauce a boost for probiotics
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.
Cooked tomato sauce is great for your gut.