Ketchup, or catsup, is a table sauce. Traditionally, different recipes feature ketchup made of egg white, mushrooms, oysters, mussels, walnuts, or other foods, but in modern times the term without modification usually refers to tomato ketchup, often called tomato sauce in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Even though processed ketchup has become an American favourite, doesn’t mean it’s healthy, but for most of the families, a barbecue simply isn’t complete without a bottle of ketchup.
Since today’s ketchup has actually strayed far away from its humble homemade origins we should ask ourselves, if tomatoes aren’t tha main ingredient in tomato, what is?
Heinz ketchup contains only 21% tomato concentrate. Due to this fact, the Israeli health ministry has ruled that Heinz ketchup must now be sold on the country as ‘’tomato seasoning’’ and cannot be labeled as ketchup because it doesn’t contain the 41% minimum of tomato concentrate.
The ingredients that are put on a nutritional label are placed according to the volume they take up in the final product, which shows us that the first ingredient from the label is the main ingredient in the recipe and the last on the list has the smallest quantity.
1. Tomato Concentrate
According to the label, tomato concentrate is technically the main ingredient in tomato ketchup.
We can notice that ketchup actually contains more sugar than tomatoes, because the two processed sugars such as high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup are not far behind on the list.
It is also possible that the ketchup contains tomatoes sourced from GMO farming.
2. Distilled Vinegar
Roughly 90% of corn grown in the US has been engineered to withstand harsh pesticides which means it is genetically modified. In spite of that, Heinz admits on its website that the white vinegar they produce is made from corn.
Glyphosate, the toxic ingredient in the most popular herbicide, Monsanto’s ‘’Round-up’’, is cancerogenic and it has been found in the blood and urine of city dwellers around the globe.
Despite this, the company labelled their vinegar ‘’all-natural’’, a controversial claim for which they are being sued.
3. High Fructose Corn Syrup
Corn syrup is produced from GMO cornstarch. In order to convert half of its glucose molecules into fructose, which is sweeter, undergoes an enzymatic process. As a result of this processes, it is directly linked to obesity and non-alcoholic liver disease.
Since corn syrup is similar to high fructose corn syrup, it is obvious that it is made from GMO cornstarch, but its glucose molecules simply aren’t converted into fructose.
As with any processed sugar, high consumption of corn syrup can lead to obesity and insulin resistance.
5. Natural Flavor
The term natural flavour or natural flavouring according to FDA means: “the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.
Natural flavor can be considered anything that occurs naturally, even sugar.
Not only Heinz uses a lot of corn in their ketchup, but he also uses some other harmful properties:
Spices are used in commercial food processing as an anti-caking agent and they contain calcium silicate which is a corn derivative.
Citric acid is a weak acid which is used to preserve freshness and prevent Clostridium botulinum contamination and it is often derived from corn.
Processed tomatoes almost always contain extra citric acid because it is a harmful bacteria which can cause neurological damage.
Genetic engineering and nutrient-deficient soil has lowered tha acidity of naturally grown tomatoes, which in the past had enough of it and could kill the bacteria on their own.
Salt or more commonly known as table salt, is iodized which means that it probably contains dextrose, a corn-derived sugar. Potassium iodide that is added to the salt is stabilized by the dextrose.
Even though Heinz has launched a certified ketchup, Stefanie Senior who is registered dietitian warns that even healthy ketchup is so high in sugar and salt and you should limit consuming ketchup to one tablespoon a day.
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