The Unhealthy Side Of Tomato Paste or Puree Consumption

HOW HEALTHY IS THE CONSUMPTION OF TOMATO PASTE OR PUREE? — Food processing has been quite helpful to our development as humans and I am proud to have been part of such movement during my undergraduate days. However, the proliferation of processed foods that do not conform to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) has left many food experts like me in doubt of the proclaimed health benefits associated with the consumption of processed foods.

Recently there has been a push for the ban of certain food products in Nigeria due to health concerns. While I seem to agree in a way with the government on such actions, on the other hand, I feel there is need to critically look into the situation.

Over the years, busy mothers have opted for fast ways of preparing foods for their families and that is one of the reasons pureed or paste tomatoes seem to have taken over the shelves of many store both in urban and rural areas. The need to share this article is due to the many question I have received concerning if tomato paste or puree is healthy to consume. Before we dissect that, let us find out what pureed tomato is.

tomato puree in can


This can be described as liquid obtained from cooking and pulverizing tomatoes. The major difference between paste and puree is its consistency. The process of making both is usually the same. As I continue in this write up, I will be using the word tomato puree to describe all other liquid form of tomatoes.

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Oladipupo Abioye
Oladipupo is a Pediatric Nutritionist with Lagos State Ministry of Health. He is an adventurous foodie and loves to teach and render presentations on foods and nutritional topics at different symposia. He loves Messi but Chelsea FC is his baby.

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  1. I personally do not encourage d paste…infact there was a period I moved on without them. But with the rate at which Tomatoes are quite expensive these days out has become important to mix the paste and the fresh tomatoes to have a substantial quantity of stew.

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