Ketchup is America’s undisputed condiment king. Heinz first introduced the tomato based condiment in 1876. One serving of ketchup is one tablespoon, and has 15 calories in it. Ketchup is basically made up of tomatoes, distilled vinegar, onion powders, salt, spices, and fructose corn syrup. One serving has 2% of the recommended daily value of vitamin A.
Regular ketchup has 4 grams of carbs and 3.5 grams of sugar. This is due to the corn syrup that is added for consistency and flavor. Ketchup is known for having a sweet flavor, and it is because of the corn syrup. Recently, some ketchup makers have come out with low sugar ketchup varieties.
For example, Heinz low sugar ketchup has only 5 calories in it along with one gram of carbs and one gram of sugar. This is an excellent option for people on a low carbohydrate diet who still want to enjoy ketchup on their favorite foods.
The low sugar ketchup tastes virtually the same because it uses Surculose as a sweetener instead of corn syrup.
Many people do not think about it, but the calories in ketchup can add up very quickly. Remember, the serving size is just one tablespoon. On average, people use up to five and six tablespoons when eating hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries. That’s a total of 90 calories if you are using regular ketchup.
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