The majority of us always have ketchup in the fridge, as we put ketchup in the sandwiches, hot dogs, on French fries..Unfortunately, only a few are aware of the effects of this condiment.
Apparently, our favourite condiment contains much more than a healthy tomato dose.
If you grab a bottle of Heinz ketchup and review its ingredients, you will read the following:
- Tomato concentrates from red ripe tomatoes
- Distilled vinegar
- High-fructose corn syrup (or sugar)
- Corn syrup (sugar-again!)
- Onion powder
- Natural flavouring
First of all, don’t you think its’ strange that our ketchup contains a double dose of sugar? The terms high-fructose corn syrup and corn syrup are just fancy names for sugar.
Additionally, the law demands that ingredients are listed according to their amount, that is, to the weight, in the product, from the greatest to the least.
Yet, if we combine the amounts of corn syrup and high-fructose corn syrup, we can easily see that sugar should be second on the list.
This made Mr. Eastcoastman do a small experiment which gave surprising effects! He filled up a typical 1.3-liter bottle of Heinz ketchup with the actual amount of sugar it has, and it had 33 tablespoons of sugar!
Also, two tablespoons of this ketchup contain 2 teaspoons of sugar, which is quite much, especially if we consider the recommended dose of 6 teaspoons daily for women, by the American Heart Association. This means that ketchup takes up a third of your daily sugar quota!