We all love ketchup and we use it regularly on hot dogs, French fries or sandwiches. Sadly, ketchup is harmful for our health and only a few are aware of this fact.
If you read the lablel of Heinz ketchup, you will discover that it contains these ingredients:
- Tomato concentrates from red ripe tomatoes
- Distilled vinegar
- High-fructose corn syrup (or sugar)
- Corn syrup (sugar-again!)
- Onion powder
- Natural flavouring
You should know that the terms high-fructose corn syrup and corn syrup are just fancy names for sugar.
Moreover, the ingredients are listed according to their amount – from the greatest to the least.
The combination of the amounts of corn syrup and high-fructose corn syrup mean that the sugar should be second on the list.
For this, Mr. Eastcoastman decided to perform 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!
Morever, 2 tbsp of this ketchup contain 2 tbsp of sugar which is too much, particularly if we consider the recommended dose of 6 teaspoons daily for women, by the American Heart Association. As you can realize on your own, ketchup takes up a third of your daily sugar quota!
When It comes to the distilled vinegar in Heinz ketchup, it is made of GMO corn which is extremely unhealthy.
Recently, it has been discovered that GMO foods are linked to the Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide which is used on genetiacally modified crops.
This herbicide contains glyphosate which is a carcinogenic chemical and it has been found in the blood and urine of numerous people worldwide. Moreover, this chemical is also associated with numerous autoimmune disorders like leaky gut syndrome, autism, acute toxicity and much more.
Sadly, this harmful chemical has been present in our environment for long and has caused many different adverse effects.
Ten years ago, honey bees from all over the world began to experience Colony Collapse Disorder and they came into contact with GMO crops sprayed with this toxic. As a result of that, they brought the chemical back to the hive with them.
They would die off before new hives could be formed. Moreover, this toxic herbicide also has the ability to cause behavioral issues and memory problems in newborn babies.
You should also be aware of the fact that the manufacturers hide the full list of ingredients for competitors not to duplicate it, and 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.
On the other hand, natural flavorings which are supposed to be free of artificial ingredients and colors, they can be a problem for vegetarians and vegans since they regard ketchup as vegetarian, but those flavoring can actually contain meat!