UPDATED June 17th, 2017
No one ever thinks about ketchup ingredients. You put ketchup on French Fries, hamburgers, hash browns and even your eggs…if you’re under the age of 8 you probably put it on your chicken and your pasta too. Ketchup is a common condiment in many family households, and for good reason: it adds a dash of familiar tomato-based flavor without packing on the extra calories and unwanted fat. Ketchup is so common that it has been a best-selling condiment since many of us were too young to even spell the name. According to data from Euromonitor, the ketchup market is worth around $800 million, which falls in 3rd place behind mayo and salsa (year, we were fairly surprised too).
Sure, it’s low calorie and wonderfully convenient, but how healthy is ketchup for your kids? When you add a squirt of the magical red sauce to their plate you might be temporarily avoiding the mealtime meltdown, but are you doing your family a favor or a disservice? Here are 5 reasons to reconsider the value of ketchup ingredients when meal planning.