Is Ketchup a Weight-Loss Friendly Condiment?

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While sitting in a booth at your favorite diner, you carefully study the menu. When your server asks you what you want, you confidently order a veggie burger and a side of baked sweet potato fries. Because you’re striving to lose the 20 pounds you’ve gained this year, you feel good about your selection. Once your order arrives, you immediately slather your favorite condiment, ketchup, all over your food. If you can relate to this scenario, you might reason ketchup is healthy because it’s prepared with tomatoes. However, ketchup contains a few, significant ingredients that can both derail your diet and your overall wellbeing. 

Like fresh tomatoes, ketchup contains vitamin A, vitamin C, and lycopene. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a study suggests a correlation between lycopene and a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease in women. Unfortunately, besides beneficial nutrients, ketchup is also packed with sugar and sodium. A mere tablespoon of ketchup contains a whopping 190 milligrams of sodium and four grams of sugar.

If you regularly flavor foods such as eggs, hash browns, fries, baked potatoes, burgers, and lunchmeats with ketchup, you’re likely consuming much more than a tablespoon daily. When you consume eight tablespoons of this condiment, you’ve already reached your daily recommended limit of sodium. Unlike fresh tomatoes, much of the sugar found in ketchup isn’t natural. High fructose corn syrup is often added to it during the manufacturing process.

If you’re struggling to lose weight, consume ketchup in moderation. Instead of purchasing this condiment from your local supermarket, consider making it yourself with fresh tomatoes and healthy spices. Besides ketchup, think about tantalizing your taste buds with homemade salsa, pesto, and mustard. If you need help creating a delicious menu plan optimized for weight loss, schedule a free consultation with a representative at a Metabolic Research Center near you.


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