Ketchup is as much of an American staple as baseball or apple pie. It’s so embedded into our culture that at times we don’t really acknowledge it fully, just when it’s missing from our tables at restaurants or the ketchup dispenser is empty. The truth is that we eat ketchup with many foods. From corn dogs to hot dogs, French fries, burgers, and even our breakfast foods, ketchup’s presence is essential. But have you ever stopped to think about whether ketchup is good for you? Here are six reasons that might make you rethink your use of this savory tomato-sugar paste.
A single tablespoon of ketchup has more sugar than a chocolate chip cookie. Yes, you read that right! Ketchup has historically been sweetened with high fructose corn syrup to make it taste good. However, just one tablespoon has 3.7 grams of sugar. If you can’t stand the thought of going without ketchup but don’t want to so much sugar, try exchanging it for one of the no sugar added varieties.
What is one of the most prominent ingredients in ketchup? Sugar. Which ultimately means that the condiment’s sweetness can essentially overpower the taste of anything you combine it with. Try a sugar-free version of ketchup for a more natural, tangier taste.