Ketchup: The most unhealthy condiment in your fridge?!

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ketchupI suppose things like this shouldn’t surprise me anymore, but America’s favorite condiment is really unhealthy.

I’m not a huge fan of ketchup to begin with, but kids love the stuff, and now I know why…there’s sugar in it. It has quite a bit of sugar when you consider it’s supposed to be a simple paste made from tomatoes. So what’s in ketchup you ask? Well…This is from the Heinz website (arguably the most popular ketchup)

  • Tomato Concentrate – At least the ketchup’s raison d’etre is really what you think it ought to be.
  • Distilled Vinegar – not bad
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup – Seriously, I thought everybody was phasing this out!?
  • Corn Syrup – More Sugar, come on!
  • Salt – Good
  • Spice – It’s such a secret what you put in it that you can’t say?
  • Onion Powder – Good
  • Natural Flavoring – If it’s so natural, why don’t you tell us what it is?

The serving size as indicated on the Heinz website is 1 Tbsp (the amount in a single ketchup packet) which contains 4 grams of sugar.  This may not sound that bad until you consider that a Chips-AHoy cookie has 11 grams, so remember that the next time you go through a couple packets of ketchup at your local fast foodery.

What to do

The great thing here is that it is incredibly easy and cheap to make your own ketchup. Here is a great recipe from Dr. Axe that tastes great!


  • 1/2 c. sundried tomatoes, soaked 2 hrs.
  • 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 c. raisins
  • 1/4 c. onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp. sea salt

Directions: Blend all ingredients until smooth or use a food processor

Dr. Axe Homemade Ketchup Recipe

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