Is Ketchup Healthy or Bad for Weight Loss?


Making Ketchup at Home

When you are trying to lose weight, you need to pay attention to everything that is going into your body, including the condiments you use. One popular condiment is ketchup, which is a natural partner with fries, scrambled eggs, and other foods. However, while it may taste great, it is generally not a great condiment to add to your diet if you are working to eat healthy and lose weight.

The good thing about ketchup is that it is much lower in calories than some other condiments, such as mayonnaise. It also contains far less fat than mayo and it does provide some lycopene, an antioxidant that helps prevent multiple health problems. Unfortunately, the bad far outweighs the good. Ketchup is often packed with sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and salt. While a single tablespoon of ketchup may not be too bad, piling on the ketchup could easily result in overloading on sodium.

If you love the flavor of ketchup, a healthier option is to try making your own ketchup. You can make up your own ketchup and cut back on the sodium and sugar added to this condiment. In fact, years ago when most people made their own ketchup, ketchup was often more like relish and packed with fresh, healthy ingredients. 

No everyone has the time to make their own ketchup, so if you can’t make your own, you may want to save ketchup for special occasions and try some other delicious condiments instead. Some healthier options to try include hot pepper sauce, fresh salsa, homemade pesto, or tangy mustard.

When you’re trying to lose weight and follow a healthy diet, picking the right condiments is important. Skip the ketchup, mayo, barbecue sauce, and sugary, fatty dressings. Choose healthier condiments that boost flavor without sabotaging your weight loss efforts.

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