The majority of us always have ketchup in the fridge, as we put ketchup in the sandwiches, hot dogs, on French fries..Unfortunately, only a few are aware of the effects of this condiment.
Apparently, our favourite condiment contains much more than a healthy tomato dose.
If you grab a bottle of Heinz ketchup and review its ingredients, you will read the following:
- Tomato concentrates from red ripe tomatoes
- Distilled vinegar
- High-fructose corn syrup (or sugar)
- Corn syrup (sugar-again!)
- Onion powder
- Natural flavouring
First of all, don’t you think its’ strange that our ketchup contains a double dose of sugar? The terms high-fructose corn syrup and corn syrup are just fancy names for sugar.
Additionally, the law demands that ingredients are listed according to their amount, that is, to the weight, in the product, from the greatest to the least.
Yet, if we combine the amounts of corn syrup and high-fructose corn syrup, we can easily see that sugar should be second on the list.
This made Mr. Eastcoastman do a small experiment which gave surprising effects! He filled up a typical 1.3-liter bottle of Heinz ketchup with the actual amount of sugar it has, and it had 33 tablespoons of sugar!
Also, two tablespoons of this ketchup contain 2 teaspoons of sugar, which is quite much, especially if we consider the recommended dose of 6 teaspoons daily for women, by the American Heart Association. This means that ketchup takes up a third of your daily sugar quota!
Furthermore, the distilled vinegar in Heinz ketchup is unhealthy as it is made of GMO corn, and it is openly admitted on the Heinz website!
Despite the numerous debates about the effects of GMO foods on our health, it has been recently found that they are linked to the Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, which is used on genetically modified crops.
This pesticide apparently contains a carcinogenic chemical, called glyphosate, which has been found in the blood and urine of numerous people all over the world. This chemical has been linked to numerous autoimmune disorders, autism, acute toxicity, leaky gut syndrome, and much more.
Unfortunately, this chemical has been in our environment for long and has caused numerous adverse effects.
About ten years ago, honey bees all around the world began to experience Colony Collapse Disorder, and as soon as they came into contact with GMO crops sprayed with this harmful pesticide, they brought the chemical back to the hive with them.
Then, before new hives could be formed, they would die off. This toxic herbicide also caused behavioral issues and memory problems in newborn babies.
Additionally, do you have an idea what do the labels “spices” and “natural flavoring” refer to?- Well, ask the food manufacturers, as they are the only ones who know!
Under the sham that manufacturers hide the full list of ingredients for competitors not to duplicate it, they are allowed to get away with it.
Spices often refer to MSG, but they hide it as they can predict the reaction of their customers.
When it comes to “natural flavorings”, which need to be free of artificial ingredients and colors, they can be an issue for vegans and vegetarians, as they regard ketchup as vegetarian, while these natural flavorings may actually include meat!