February 16, 2010

Is Ketchup Making Your Kids Fat?

in Health & Nutrition

Ketchup Face

Kids love their sauces, don’t they?  From ketchup to syrups to peanut butter to mayonnaise, these foods’ high calories add up fast.  After Allie Firestone sums up her day’s consumption of condiments, just imagine how these sugary sauces threaten your efforts to helping your family eat healthy.

The Truth is in the Calories

Not all savory and sweet additions are a bad choice, but the truth is that most of our average condiments pack huge amounts of high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, sodium, and oil. Think barbecued chicken is a healthy choice? Not exactly. Because the sauce is pretty much all sugar, this slathered dish is like a dessert and an entrée all wrapped up on one high-calorie plate. Added sugar and any chemical-sounding ingredients on an item’s label are sure signs that a condiment is inching an entrée toward the dessert category. Health-food stores usually have versions of ketchup, barbecue sauce, and all our other usual favorites sans these icky additions.

Whatever your condiment of choice—fries smothered in ketchup, salad drenched in dressing, toast soaked in butter—you won’t be dunking recklessly anymore if you read on.

Read more at Divine Caroline

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