HEALTH TIP: Ketchup

20140127-pantyessentials-ketchupWhen you grab a bottle of Heinz ketchup, the list of ingredients starts off harmlessly enough:
1. Tomato concentrate from red ripe tomatoes
2. Distilled vinegar
3. High-fructose corn syrup (that’s another way of saying sugar)
4. Corn syrup (more sugar)
5. Salt
6. Spices
7. Onion powder
8. Natural flavoring

Both high-fructose corn syrup and corn syrup are both elaborate names for sugar. If you combine the two together, the label might actually show that sugar is number two on the ingredient list.

Mr. Eastcoastman conducted an experiment by filling up a typical 1.3 liter bottle of Heinz ketchup with the actual amount of sugar that it contains.

It has 33 tablespoons of sugar. That’s a little over 2 cups of sugar. A two-tablespoon serving of ketchup, which is typical squirt onto a hamburger patty, has 2 teaspoons of sugar. According to the American Heart Association you should not consume more than 6 teaspoons of sugar on a daily basis.

But here is ketchup taking up 1/3 of your sugar quota for the day. You may want to think twice about reaching for that ketchup.

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