3. It’s packed with sodium As Food Network tells is, another hidden health risk in the ingredients in ketchup is the excess sodium sneaking it’s way into your diet every time you dip that French fry in ketchup. Consuming 8 tablespoons of ketchup a day fulfills the recommended sodium limits for the ENTIRE DAY. Imagine how big a dollop of ketchup you served your kids last night at dinner…it was probably a lot more than you think, which means your kids could be overloading on sodium without you even realizing it. If you’re worried that your family is overdoing it in the sodium arena, swap your ketchup for some salsa or mustard, or go old school and serve your food sauce-free.