MYTH: All sauces are bad for you REALITY: As a rule of thumb, think shop-bought bad, homemade good
“Sauces like mayonnaise are full of fat and salt and they don’t offer any nutrition,” says Mitun. “It’s a good idea to avoid sauces with high sugar content and ones that are heavily processed straight out of a bottle from the supermarket shelf.
“Homemade sauces in which you are aware of the ingredients can be a good way to marinate meats and fish and also taste nicer. In fact, homemade herb-based sauces used to marinate the meat before grilling act as a barrier between your meat and carcinogens.”
What to do
1 For an excellent sauce for meat, combine delicious fresh or tinned tomatoes, which are good brain food, with immune-protective red onions in coconut oil; add turmeric and a hint of cayenne pepper for liver and heart support.
2 Read the label on shop-bought sauces. If there is a long list of ingredients, and sugar and salt are among the first three, the sauce is a no-no.
3 Add coriander, parsley and turmeric to a plain full-fat yogurt for a tasty dip. The coriander and parsley support your liver, while turmeric fights inflammation and eases pain.
4 For a fish accompaniment, make a lemon butter sauce, which will support the immune system and the gut.
5 Use chopped garlic to add taste and promote good heart and liver health.