So the other day, I spoke about "mustard" and picnics . . .
Well . . . as we know, ketchup is right up there on the top 3 listed condiments used in the U.S. With ketchup coming in at #3, mustard #2 and mayo being the all time favorite condiment at #1.
Okay . . . so what are the good and bad points to ketchup???
Well . . . first let's start with the "good" . . .
As we know . . . tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant called "lycopene", which has been linked to health benefits such as . . . reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer.
And they're an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K.
Ketchup is made with "strained" tomatoes, which is a "good" thing because "straining" eliminates the seeds and skin of the tomato, which contains the "lectins" that can wreck havoc on our hormones and organs. Remember . . . lectins are called the "miscommunicators" and "silent destroyers" of the body.
So at this point "ketchup" gets the green flag for being healthy . . .
BUT . . . don't you hate it when there's a but in a sentence???
The "bad" part to most ketchups are the "other ingredients" . . .
Meaning . . . the average ketchup contains: "sugar", vinegar, salt, honey and spices such as allspice, coriander, cloves, cumin, garlic, celery, cinnamon, ginger, onion and mustard
Which are all good "except" for the "SUGAR"!!!
And most of the time "SUGAR" is the first "other ingredient" . . . meaning there's the most of it, in the other ingredient listing.
And this is why . . . we love "ketchup" on everything!
You see . . . the "sugar" in ketchup is the main food source of the "bad" bacteria in the body that is causing all our health issues, even our weight.
Plus . . . this "sugar" makes you crave more "guilty pleasure" food.
So in essence . . . if you eat something that has "ketchup" on it . . . you'll overeat in that meal.
So if you're a true "ketchup" lover . . . consume one that is "sugar" free. And if you find that you don't like that "ketchup" . . .
Then you're "not" a true lover of "ketchup" . . .
You're a true lover of "sugar" . . .
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