Love it, Like it, Hate it: Ketchup!

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How much do you really think about ketchup? If you’re like us, probably not too much – so it can be shocking that a single spoonful is like eating a sugar packet, AND packs in nearly 200 mg of sodium! There are better options on shelves, though, so in today’s Get the Skinny, we’ve got top picks, + worst bets for ketchup brands on shelves!


Looking to make your own homemade ketchup?  Check out this recipe for a deliciously spicy ketchup from Carolyn Ketchum’s All Day I Dream About Food!



All natural, nothing artificial


Primal Kitchen | Organic Unsweetened Ketchup

  • Per tablespoon: 10 calories – 105 mg sodium – 2 grams carbs – 1 gram sugar
  • Organic tomato concentrate, balsamic vinegar, less than 2% salt, onion powder, garlic powder, spices



Appreciate lower-sugar, lower sodium efforts, but with artificial sweeteners or added sugars, these still miss the mark


G Hughes | Sugar Free Ketchup

  • Per tablespoon: 5 calories – 180 mg sodium – 1 grams carb – 0 sugar
  • Vine-ripened tomato concentrate, vinegar, cornstarch, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, spices, sucralose (Splenda)


Heinz | No Sugar Added Ketchup

  • Per tablespoon: 10 calories – 200 mg sodium – 1 grams carb – 1 gram sugar
  • Tomato concentrate, white vinegar, salt, onion powder, sucralose (Splenda)


Heinz | No Salt Added Ketchup => toss-up between a LIKE IT & a HATE IT

  • Per tablespoon: 20 calories – 5 mg sodium – 5 grams carbs – 4 grams sugar
  • Tomato concentrate, vinegar, high fructose corn syrup, ALSOSALT salt substitute (potassium chloride), spices, onion powder

HATE IT!             

No surprises here. Just sugary, salty, traditional ketchup!


Annie’s Organic Ketchup

  • Per tablespoon: 20 calories – 130 mg sodium – 5 grams carbs – 4 grams sugar
  • Tomato paste, water, cane sugar, white vinegar, sea salt, dried onion, allspice, clove


Heinz Organic Ketchup

  • Per tablespoon: 20 calories – 190 mg sodium – 5 grams carbs – 4 grams sugar
  • Organic tomato concentrate, vinegar, cane sugar, salt, onion powder, spice, natural flavoring




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