That bottle of tangy sweet condiment is everyone’s best friend, especially with kids. It has the power to convert any bland food into a palatable dish. What’s more, it can get your kids to gulp down that pasta or a chapati in a matter of minutes.
You have been feeling elated all this while for being a proud consumer of ketchup but may I request you to pause for a minute, go through the reasons mentioned below and then decide if you would still continue being a loyal consumer of ketchup or look for alternatives instead…
What is ketchup made of?
Before we begin to strip down our good ole tomato ketchup’s impression, let us take a look at its list of ingredients.
First things first, your ketchup is packed with sugar, loads of it! One tablespoon of ketchup has approximately 4 grams of sugar, and I am not exaggerating. We all know by now that sugar is not good for our health. The fact is that we don’t stop at a tablespoon of ketchup; we enjoy dollops of it, least aware of how we are ruining our health.
High fructose corn syrup
If you have made peace with sugar and don’t mind flaunting your sugar craze, then let’s skip the first ingredient and move on to the next – high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). HFCS is worse than sugar as it contains more fructose. Fructose plays with a part of our brain, making us yearn for more and eventually makes us addictive to sugar-rich foods, which is not good.
Corn syrup again! A cousin of HFCS, corn syrup is equally detrimental to our health.
So far, we have talked about sugar, HFCS, and corn syrup, all of which belong to the same family of fructose that is known to play havoc with our health.
The process of making ketchup involves cooking tomatoes at a high temperature for a prolonged time. This deprives the tomatoes of its nutrition value and leaves ketchup with no health benefits of tomatoes.
MSG and preservatives
Most of the brands use flavor enhancers and preservatives in the ketchup to boost its taste and longevity. MSG is a kind of flavor booster and something we should stay away from. I guess I don’t need to explain the harmful effects of preservatives here.
The dangerous side of GMOs
GMOs are scary and not considered safe in most of the countries. However, it is legal in the USA and hence, most of the food items in this country are GMO laden. This means the ketchup made in the United States is GMO-heavy, comprising of GMO tomatoes, GMO corn (syrup) and GMO sugar.
Adding to the health hazards of the ketchup is its sodium content. Eight tablespoons of ketchup contain enough sodium to fulfill the recommended sodium limit for an entire day. And we don’t just savor ketchup alone; we enjoy it with fries, burgers, wraps, pasta, and a whole lot of food items.
I’ll stop at this and leave it to you to realize how you have been living with the excess sodium intake all the while.
Now most of you must have started criticising me for writing against your life-long food companion and will rubbish all what has been written above, but those of you who do understand and realise the health hazards of ketchup (with its ingredients), and want to quit or replace it with a suitable alternative, I have a few solutions for you.
1 – Salsa and mustard sauce are good alternatives to tomato ketchup.
2 – Start preparing ketchup at home. My mom prepares bottles of ketchup at home and they last around 6 months. Trust me, it’s delicious and not too tedious.
3 – If the above solutions don’t interest you, try limiting the ketchup intake. A little of it won’t cause much harm.
source : www.wittyfeed.com