Most of us love tomato ketchup for the taste enhancement it provides. Tomato ketchup is a popular condiment and is widely used. Many people like to take it with every meal but this tangy treat can do harm to our bodies if consumed too much.
There are a lot of theories regarding benefits and harms of tomato ketchup. Tomato ketchup is comprised mainly of tomato, sugar (corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup) and salt. There are also preservatives, colours, flavors, vinegar and even onion in it.
To understand more about tomato ketchup, take a look at the ingredients-
Lets start with the tomatoes. Tomatoes are really good for our health. They contain nutrients like lycopene, vitamins and minerals. They are also rich in dietary fibres. Tomatoes protect us from heart diseases and cancers and also aid weight loss.
Tomato ketchup contains tomato concentrate but the percentage of tomatoes is very low in commercially available ketchup. Usually it is below 28%. Such low levels of tomato cannot do much good to the body.
Tomato ketchup gets its sweetness from high fructose corn syrup. This has high calories and disturbs the level of blood sugar in body. When consumed in high quantities, high fructose corn syrup can shoot up the blood sugar followed by a sudden drop. This may cause nausea and fatigue. This ingredient is definitely not for diabetics.
If sodium is consumed in high quantities, it can make blood pressure go up. This can lead to cardiac problems. Too much sodium also causes water retention.
High amount of ketchup can cause heartburn apart from the above mentioned problems. These problems arise only when you consume too much ketchup. The ideal daily serving of ketchup should not go beyond one tablespoon.
Best way to have tomato ketchup is to make it at home ..I will probably share the recipe sometime and if you are looking for weight loss then stay away from it till you reach your goal 🙂
How much tomato ketchup do you consume?
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