Eden Organic Crushed Tomatoes with Basil are fresh, prized Roma tomatoes organically grown on an 800+ acre third generation Midwestern family farm. They grow in rich, organic, vital soil and are harvested perfectly red ripe. Fresh unpeeled tomatoes provide the best taste and most nutrients. They travel only 45 miles to be washed, hand sorted, cooked with a generous dose of sweet basil, and packed within hours of harvest for maximum flavor, aroma, and nutrients. Eden Organic Crushed Tomatoes with Basil have no salt added.
Commercial tomatoes are synthetically 'fed', force ripened, and travel hundreds of miles to processing. To loosen skins for peeling they are bathed in lye or other caustic solutions, then loaded with refined salt, refined sugar, and preservatives. Even most organic brands add citric acid, calcium chloride, and other processing aids. Eden Organic Crushed Tomatoes with Basil are made without processing aids or additives - all ingredients declared. Eden is the wise choice delivering the greatest value.
Nutrients and Antioxidants
According to the FDA, "Low fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables (foods that are low in fat and may contain dietary fiber, Vitamin A, or Vitamin C) may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with may factors." Also, "Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of hypertension or high blood pressure, a disease associated with many factors." Eden Crushed Tomatoes with Basil are fat free, sodium free, and a good source of the antioxidant vitamins A and C.
Eden Organic Crushed Tomatoes with Basil deliver 1.281 mg of lycopene, perhaps the most effective known antioxidant, per serving. Research shows cooked tomatoes are the best source of lycopene. Over 600 carotenoids (plant pigments) are recognized as antioxidants. Researchers say lycopene out performs all known carotenoids in antioxidant ability. They found cooked deep red Roma and cherry tomatoes to be the highest in lycopene, and organic even higher. Cooking with a bit of oil, like Eden Extra Virgin Olive Oil, increases lycopene absorption. Although lycopene is beneficial to health, researchers say it's not just lycopene that make tomatoes healthy food. In whole cooked tomatoes lycopene works with other phytonutrients and vitamins making it much more effective than lycopene supplements that are isolates. John Erdman, professor of food science and human nutrition and of internal medicine at the University of Illinois said, "It has been unclear whether lycopene itself is protective. We believe people should consume whole tomato products in pastas, salads, in tomato juice, and even on pizza."
Research has found basil to contain health protective flavonoid and antioxidant essential oils. Basil is native to India, and popular the world over for flavor and health benefits. The name basil is derived from the Greek word 'basilikohn' meaning royal, and it was consider a sacred, noble, healing herb.
Eden Organic Crushed Tomatoes with Sweet Basil for making homemade spaghetti sauce, soups, stews, and casseroles. Make a variety of vegetable beverages by blending Eden Organic Crushed Tomatoes w/ Basil with raw vegetables and your favorite combination of herbs and spices. Browse Eden free recipes using Eden Organic Crushed Tomatoes including Gazpacho, No Salt Tomato Sauce, and Lentil Vegetable Soup.