Pesto sauce is an old Italian recipe used mainly as a sauce for different kinds of pasta!

And that’s my new condiment now after mustard!! I use pesto sauce as a spread for my toasts or mix it with my salad dressing.. I’m loving its taste! :D

PESTO SAUCE  is a blend of fresh basil leaves, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic and pepper.

There are 80 calories in 1 Tablespoon of pesto sauce.

When breaking down the calories, 83 % come from fat, 13 % come from protein and 4 % come from carbohydrates.

As you can see, pesto sauce is high in fat content, but it is considered a healthy condiment! Many of its calories come from the olive oil which is a monounsaturated fat and a vitamin E rich food that lowers free radicals in our body, increases your HDL , the good cholesterol and prevents strokes and heart attacks.
Basil, the main ingredient of pesto sauce is loaded with many vitamins such as beta-carotene, vitamins A and K. It is also rich in iron and has no calories!
  It gives a thickness to the sauce and adds flavour to it. Parmesan cheese is a source of calcium, Vitamin A and D, which increases bones health.
Pine nuts: These are high in calories but are an excellent source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which play a role in lowering high triglycerides levels!

 Garlic in pesto sauce is a flavour enhancer and has the ability to lower blood cholesterol level and to increase HDL.
I can say pesto sauce has a positive nutritional value. It is a healthy condiment to be used with pasta, sandwiches or salad dressings. But it has many calories so it should be used as a flavour enhancer and not a food item to be eaten in excess :)  
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