Sauces & Dressings: Calories & Nutrition Facts
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While some sauces and dressings are good for you, other may be made with unhealthy ingredients. Refer to the calorie counter for your favorite sauces and dressings to determine the calories, carbs, protein, and fat.
Sodium in Pasta SauceWhile many pasta sauces are made with healthy and all-natural ingredients, these products may be higher in sodium than you realize. Adding sodium to their products is an easy way for commercial food manufacturers to increase the flavor and palatability of their products. Some causes like Mario Batali’s Alfredo sauce has 280 calories per serving as well as 16 grams of fats and 530mg of sodium. Brands like Cucina Antica and Monte Bente offer sauces with only 2 ½ grams of fat and less than 250mg of sodium.
Calorie ContentThe calorie content and the nutritional value of sauces and dressings varies greatly depending on the ingredients used to make them. Vegetable-based pasta sauces may be a good source of vitamins and minerals while also being low in calories and fat. Cream-based sauces and dressings, on the other hand, are often high in calories and fat – some are also high in carbohydrates. Check the nutrition label for your favorite pasta and sauces to see how they stack up and be careful to mind your portions as well – a serving of pasta sauce is only a half cup.
Some sauces and dressings are rich in monounsaturated fats which can be good for your heart, but you still need to mind your portions no matter what the sauces and dressings are made of. Refer to the calorie calculator for your favorite sauces and dressings to determine the calories and nutritional value.