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.

6. Sugar

Ketchup Bottle

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.

5. Taste


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.

4. Texture


Other condiments have signature textures that we’ve all come to know and recognize. For instance, mayonnaise is creamy, while mustard is silky-ish. But ketchup? That’s a tough one, so we’ll describe it as gloppy. And if you didn’t shake the bottle properly, when you squeeze it you’ll get a watery squirt. Well, doesn’t that just sound delightful?

3. Smell

Ketchup Overuse

One thing about ketchup that is at times even more overpowering than its taste is its smell, an almost rancid-smelling stench that can linger for hours on end. It can make even the strongest of us gag. So if you must use ketchup, go easy on it!

2. Overuse

Ketchup Packet

Mayonnaise might be considered to be the most popular condiment in America, but ketchup is a close second. But the truth is that this savory condiment is widely overused. We smother our eggs in it, put it on hash browns, grilled cheese, chicken nuggets, and all of the above. Why not mix it up once in a while?

1. Does It Belong on a Hot Dog?

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There is a great debate when it comes to this topic. Some are scandalized by the very idea of putting ketchup on a hot dog, and then there are those who wouldn’t dare eat a hot dog without it. Ultimately it’s a matter of personal taste, but the divisiveness of this seemingly simple topic will likely remain for as long as people eat hot dogs.



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