I know people who won’t eat anything unless it’s smothered with ketchup. Are you one of them? I prefer mustard, myself, but if ketchup is one of your flavor favs, please read on!
The thing about commercially prepared ketchup is that it’s loaded with refined sugar, salt, and other ingredients that are, well, problematic healthwise.
So what’s a ketchup lover to do?
Now that you know conventional ketchup is full of refined sugar, try this instead: Make your own homemade ketchup with the delightful recipe shared in this linked post by Dr. Josh Axe, who is one of my all-time favorite resources for natural health.
I love this idea because when you make your own ketchup, you get to control the ingredients, including the amount of sugar and salt. In many ways, cooking is the ultimate health empowerment activity! And best of all you get to enjoy the satisfaction of creating something healthy in the kitchen.
Serving Size Matters
When I read this article, a key point that stood out to me was,
…one tablespoon of ketchup has one teaspoon of sugar, which is a lot, considering that the daily recommended intake of sugar for grown people is around 21 grams.”
But what does that mean? I got a little confused by the comparison of teaspoons to grams. That’s not a conversion I make for myself in my head every day. So how much sugar are we talking about?
The conversions work like this: 1 tablespoon=15 grams, 1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons, 1 teaspoon = 5 grams.
So, that means a teaspoon of ketchup contains about 5 grams, or about 20% of your daily sugar intake. That really is a lot of sugar in such a small amount of something delicious. And, let’s be honest. If you’re a true ketchup lover, will you be able to stop at a single tablespoon?
…it’s very easy to go overboard with your ketchup serving size, and this may find you consuming more sugar than you bargained for.”
The takeaways for ketchup lovers? Being aware of the hidden sugar and non-healthy ingredients in ketchup is the first step. Beyond that, learning how to make your own ketchup could be a very important skill to master on your journey to better health.
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