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The Best in the Spaghetti Sauce Aisle.

Spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, baked ziti... all classic comfort foods. But these days our hectic schedules don't often allow us the time to simmer a big pot of spaghetti sauce on the stove to top that pasta. While most jarred pasta sauces can't beat that homemade goodness, many come close enough to make do when you're craving a little Italian flavor. But how can you choose the best jars in the spaghetti sauce aisle?

The two main ingredients of concern with prepared pasta sauces are sodium and sugar. Many food companies have done a good job at lowering high levels of both. However, some contain more than four teaspoons of sugar and one-third of a day's worth of sodium in just a half cup. There are some benefits to choosing tomato-based pasta sauce, as it is a great source of the phytonutrient lycopene.

Lycopene has been associated with lower risks of certain cancers, heart disease, and age-related eye conditions.

Helpful Hints. Keep the following in mind when you're planning for comfort food via spaghetti sauce out of a jar.

* Check Your Serving. The serving size for pasta sauce is one-half cup. It's a decent amount, however it's easy to go overboard when serving. Be aware if you're dishing up more, you'll also be getting more calories, sodium, and sugar.

* Doctor It Up. You can easily boost the flavor and nutritional profile of your sauce. Try sauteing diced peppers and onions in the pot before adding the sauce, or add shredded carrots or zucchini as you heat it.

* Fiber Boost. Most prepared pasta sauces are moderately low in fiber. To make up for that, try serving it with whole grain pasta.

--Heidi McIndoo, MS, RD

Caption: The healthiest spaghetti sauces are lower in sodium and sugar.
Spaghetti Sauce Nutritional Comparison
[check] = EN's Picks. As with all EN comparisons, this is only a
sampling of products. Picks contain no more than 2 g saturated fat (10%
DV), 400 mg sodium (17% DV), and 6 g sugar (*).

SPAGHETTI SAUCE (1/2 CUP)                             Calories   Total
                                                                 Fat (g)

365 Organic Creamy Vodka                                 80       4.5
365 Organic Marinara                                     50       2
Barilla Tomato & Basil Tomato Sauce GF                   60       1
Barilla Traditional Tomato Sauce GF                      60       1
Bertolli Italian Sausage with Garlic & Romano            90       3
Bertolli Rustic Cut Marinara with Traditional           100       6
Vegetables
[check] Cucina Antica Arrabbiata GF                      40       1.5
[check] Cucina Antica Puttanesca GF                      45       2
[check] Dave's Gourmet All-Natural Wild Mushroom         80       3
Pasta Sauce GF
[check] Dave's Gourmet Organic Roasted Garlic &          70       4.5
Sweet Basil GF
[check] Engine 2 Classic Tomato Basil                    35       0
[check] Engine 2 Red Bell Pepper Marinara                35       0
Francesco Rinaldi Garden Combo GF                        60       0.5
Francesco Rinaldi Three Cheese GF                        70       1
[check] Michael's of Brooklyn Marinara Sauce GF          45       2
[check] Monte Bene Garlic Marinara GF                    50       1.5
[check] Monte Bene Tomato Basil GF                       45       1.5
[check] Muir Glen Cabernet Marinara                      60       2
[check] Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Tomato            80       4.5
[check] Newman's Own For The Common Good                110       8
Organic Arrabbiata Sauce GF
Newman's Own Fra Diavolo Pasta Sauce                     80       3
Organicville Marinara GF                                 40       1
Organicville Tomato Basil GF                             35       1
[check] Poblano Farm Reduced Sodium & Fat Free           50       0
Pasta Sauce
[check] Poblano Farm Traditional Italian Pasta Sauce     70       3.5
Prego Farmer's Market Roasted Garlic                     80       3
Prego HeartSmart Mushroom Sauce GF                       70       1.5
Prego Italian Sauce Flavored with Meat GF                90       3
Ragu Old World Style Meat Sauce                          80       2.5
Ragu Six Cheese Sauce                                    90       2.5
[check] Rao's Homemade Marinara Sauce                    80       7
[check] Rao's Homemade Puttanesca Sauce                  80       6
[check] Scarpetta Marinara Fresh Pasta Sauce GF          45       2
Scarpetta Tuscan Vodka Fresh Pasta Sauce GF             120      11
Trader Giotto's Bolognese Pomodoro Pasta                 80       4.5
Sauce
Trader Giotto's Low Fat Tuscan Marinara                  80       1.5
Sauce
[check] Trader Giotto's Organic Spaghetti Sauce with     45       0
Mushrooms
Trader Giotto's Organic Vodka Sauce                      90       4
Trader Giotto's Roasted Garlic Marinara                 100       5
Trader Giotto's Three Cheese Pomodoro                    80       5
Pasta Sauce

SPAGHETTI SAUCE (1/2 CUP)                             Sat Fat   Carbs
                                                        (g)       (g)

365 Organic Creamy Vodka                                 2         7
365 Organic Marinara                                     0         7
Barilla Tomato & Basil Tomato Sauce GF                   0        13
Barilla Traditional Tomato Sauce GF                      0        13
Bertolli Italian Sausage with Garlic & Romano            0.5      14
Bertolli Rustic Cut Marinara with Traditional            1        10
Vegetables
[check] Cucina Antica Arrabbiata GF                      0         5
[check] Cucina Antica Puttanesca GF                      1         7
[check] Dave's Gourmet All-Natural Wild Mushroom         0.5      11
Pasta Sauce GF
[check] Dave's Gourmet Organic Roasted Garlic &          0.5       8
Sweet Basil GF
[check] Engine 2 Classic Tomato Basil                    0         8
[check] Engine 2 Red Bell Pepper Marinara                0         8
Francesco Rinaldi Garden Combo GF                        0        13
Francesco Rinaldi Three Cheese GF                        0        15
[check] Michael's of Brooklyn Marinara Sauce GF          0         6
[check] Monte Bene Garlic Marinara GF                    0         9
[check] Monte Bene Tomato Basil GF                       0         7
[check] Muir Glen Cabernet Marinara                      0         8
[check] Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Tomato            0.5       8
[check] Newman's Own For The Common Good                 1         8
Organic Arrabbiata Sauce GF
Newman's Own Fra Diavolo Pasta Sauce                     0        10
Organicville Marinara GF                                 0         7
Organicville Tomato Basil GF                             0         6
[check] Poblano Farm Reduced Sodium & Fat Free           0         9
Pasta Sauce
[check] Poblano Farm Traditional Italian Pasta Sauce     0.5       8
Prego Farmer's Market Roasted Garlic                     0        12
Prego HeartSmart Mushroom Sauce GF                       0        13
Prego Italian Sauce Flavored with Meat GF                1        13
Ragu Old World Style Meat Sauce                          0.5      10
Ragu Six Cheese Sauce                                    1        14
[check] Rao's Homemade Marinara Sauce                    1         4
[check] Rao's Homemade Puttanesca Sauce                  1         4
[check] Scarpetta Marinara Fresh Pasta Sauce GF          0.5       7
Scarpetta Tuscan Vodka Fresh Pasta Sauce GF              6         5
Trader Giotto's Bolognese Pomodoro Pasta                 1         8
Sauce
Trader Giotto's Low Fat Tuscan Marinara                  0        10
Sauce
[check] Trader Giotto's Organic Spaghetti Sauce with     0        10
Mushrooms
Trader Giotto's Organic Vodka Sauce                      1        12
Trader Giotto's Roasted Garlic Marinara                  1        11
Trader Giotto's Three Cheese Pomodoro                    1.5       6
Pasta Sauce

SPAGHETTI SAUCE (1/2 CUP)                             Sodium   Fiber
                                                        (mg)     (g)

365 Organic Creamy Vodka                               440       2
365 Organic Marinara                                   450       2
Barilla Tomato & Basil Tomato Sauce GF                 420       3
Barilla Traditional Tomato Sauce GF                    410       3
Bertolli Italian Sausage with Garlic & Romano          550      <1
Bertolli Rustic Cut Marinara with Traditional          470       1
Vegetables
[check] Cucina Antica Arrabbiata GF                    210       1
[check] Cucina Antica Puttanesca GF                    240       2
[check] Dave's Gourmet All-Natural Wild Mushroom       370       2
Pasta Sauce GF
[check] Dave's Gourmet Organic Roasted Garlic &        125      <1
Sweet Basil GF
[check] Engine 2 Classic Tomato Basil                  140       1
[check] Engine 2 Red Bell Pepper Marinara              140       1
Francesco Rinaldi Garden Combo GF                      340       2
Francesco Rinaldi Three Cheese GF                      290       2
[check] Michael's of Brooklyn Marinara Sauce GF        320       2
[check] Monte Bene Garlic Marinara GF                  190       2
[check] Monte Bene Tomato Basil GF                     190       2
[check] Muir Glen Cabernet Marinara                    280       2
[check] Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Tomato          250       2
[check] Newman's Own For The Common Good               390       1
Organic Arrabbiata Sauce GF
Newman's Own Fra Diavolo Pasta Sauce                   460       2
Organicville Marinara GF                               440       1
Organicville Tomato Basil GF                           420       1
[check] Poblano Farm Reduced Sodium & Fat Free         170       2
Pasta Sauce
[check] Poblano Farm Traditional Italian Pasta Sauce   350       2
Prego Farmer's Market Roasted Garlic                   430       2
Prego HeartSmart Mushroom Sauce GF                     360       1.5
Prego Italian Sauce Flavored with Meat GF              480       3
Ragu Old World Style Meat Sauce                        480       2
Ragu Six Cheese Sauce                                  480       2
[check] Rao's Homemade Marinara Sauce                  340       1
[check] Rao's Homemade Puttanesca Sauce                250       1
[check] Scarpetta Marinara Fresh Pasta Sauce GF        300       2
Scarpetta Tuscan Vodka Fresh Pasta Sauce GF            240       1
Trader Giotto's Bolognese Pomodoro Pasta               480       2
Sauce
Trader Giotto's Low Fat Tuscan Marinara                450       3
Sauce
[check] Trader Giotto's Organic Spaghetti Sauce with   370       2
Mushrooms
Trader Giotto's Organic Vodka Sauce                    600       2
Trader Giotto's Roasted Garlic Marinara                580       3
Trader Giotto's Three Cheese Pomodoro                  500       1
Pasta Sauce

SPAGHETTI SAUCE (1/2 CUP)                             Sugar (*)  Protein
                                                        (g)         (g)

365 Organic Creamy Vodka                                  3         2
365 Organic Marinara                                      4         2
Barilla Tomato & Basil Tomato Sauce GF                    7         2
Barilla Traditional Tomato Sauce GF                       8         3
Bertolli Italian Sausage with Garlic & Romano            13         3
Bertolli Rustic Cut Marinara with Traditional             6         2
Vegetables
[check] Cucina Antica Arrabbiata GF                       3         1
[check] Cucina Antica Puttanesca GF                       1         1
[check] Dave's Gourmet All-Natural Wild Mushroom          3         2
Pasta Sauce GF
[check] Dave's Gourmet Organic Roasted Garlic &           5         1
Sweet Basil GF
[check] Engine 2 Classic Tomato Basil                     4         1
[check] Engine 2 Red Bell Pepper Marinara                 4         1
Francesco Rinaldi Garden Combo GF                         9         2
Francesco Rinaldi Three Cheese GF                        10         3
[check] Michael's of Brooklyn Marinara Sauce GF           4         1
[check] Monte Bene Garlic Marinara GF                     5         1
[check] Monte Bene Tomato Basil GF                        5         1
[check] Muir Glen Cabernet Marinara                       4         2
[check] Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Tomato             4         2
[check] Newman's Own For The Common Good                  4         2
Organic Arrabbiata Sauce GF
Newman's Own Fra Diavolo Pasta Sauce                      4         2
Organicville Marinara GF                                  4         1
Organicville Tomato Basil GF                              4         1
[check] Poblano Farm Reduced Sodium & Fat Free            6         3
Pasta Sauce
[check] Poblano Farm Traditional Italian Pasta Sauce      5         2
Prego Farmer's Market Roasted Garlic                      8         2
Prego HeartSmart Mushroom Sauce GF                        9         2
Prego Italian Sauce Flavored with Meat GF                10         2
Ragu Old World Style Meat Sauce                           6         2
Ragu Six Cheese Sauce                                     9         3
[check] Rao's Homemade Marinara Sauce                     3         1
[check] Rao's Homemade Puttanesca Sauce                   3         2
[check] Scarpetta Marinara Fresh Pasta Sauce GF           3         1
Scarpetta Tuscan Vodka Fresh Pasta Sauce GF               3         1
Trader Giotto's Bolognese Pomodoro Pasta                  5         3
Sauce
Trader Giotto's Low Fat Tuscan Marinara                   6         2
Sauce
[check] Trader Giotto's Organic Spaghetti Sauce with      6         2
Mushrooms
Trader Giotto's Organic Vodka Sauce                       8         3
Trader Giotto's Roasted Garlic Marinara                   6         2
Trader Giotto's Three Cheese Pomodoro                     3         4
Pasta Sauce

(*) Sugar grams include naturally occurring sugars found in tomatoes.
Note: g=gram,mg=milligram, sat fat=saturatedfal, carb=carbohydrates,
DV=Daily Value, Daily requirement based on 2,000 calorie/day diet.
Source: product labels and manufacturer website. GF=Product label
includes gluten-free designation.


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Date:Dec 1, 2017
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