Eat by Stars: A Tale of Two Sauces

This week’s Eat by Stars….

Mario Batali Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce®

Per cup (one ladleful): calories 140, fat 8g, carbs 12g (sugars 6g), protein 4g, (sodium 16%DV)

When buying jarred tomato sauce watch for two things: Sugar and Sodium content. The celebrity chef’s line of pasta sauces hit the mark on both accounts.  Don’t go ruining Chef Batali’s efforts by pouring his sauce over anything but whole grain pasta.

Boiled Peanuts

Per ¼ cup (about 10 peanuts): calories 110, fat 7g, carbs 7g, protein 5g

Ever enjoyed “country caviar” from a roadside vendor while driving through the South?  My wife has turned me on to this All-American taste that can now be snagged at the grocer.  Peanuts don’t pack quite the nutritional punch as other nuts, but are a still a solid snack choice.

Ragu Mushroom & Green Pepper Chunky Pasta Sauce®

Per cup (ladleful): calories 160, fat 5g, carbs 26g (sugars 18g), protein 4g, (sodium 40% DV)

If Chef Batali does it right, Ragu does it wrong.  Twice the sodium and three times the sugar makes this pasta sauce an unwise choice.  Do not be fooled by the “2 servings of vegetables claim”, you can do better.

Juicy Juice Cherry Juice® 

Per 8oz glass: calories 120, fat 0g, carbs 29g (sugars 27g) protein 0g

The ingredient list: Apple Juice, Pear Juice, Grape Juice, Cherry Juice… Um, I suppose the “100% Juice” claim isn’t entirely inaccurate, but why is cherry juice the fourth ingredient in well, cherry juice?  Remember, juice is, by nature, straight sugar.  It’s not as bad for kids as soda, but not a whole lot better.

Bertolli Chicken alla Vodka & Farfalle Skillet Meal®

Per ½ package: calories 500, fat 25g, carbs 40g, protein 21g, (sodium 57%)

The ingredient list is epic, the carbs are substantial, and the sodium is over half your daily amount.  Yikes.  I really want to give this a one-star.  But I suppose it beats burger and fries or meat-lovers pizza.  Making a skillet with fresh ingredients is just as easy, ten times tastier, and infinitely healthier.

Disclaimer: I take all these pics myself at local markets.  Unless specifically noted(®), I am not attempting to single out a specific brand or company.  One company’s product is not different or better than another’s similar product. I get all my nutritional info from the package.  For items without packages I consult and the USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory website.


2 responses to “Eat by Stars: A Tale of Two Sauces

  1. Love these posts; Eating by the Stars!! Going to try that M.B. tomato basil sauce this week and keep trying to fool your father-in-law with the whole grain pasta. Thanks for keeping us in the loop.

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