"I can eat anything with ketchup", is what most youngsters say. But they don’t know how much calories they are taking in when they consume foods topped with ketchup. Given in this article is the complete breakdown of calories each serving of ketchup contains.
Heinz introduced us to our beloved ketchup with the slogan, “Blessed relief for Mother and the other women in the household!” We have taken this slogan to our heart. We add ketchup to hamburgers and French fries and lots of other fast food to make it tasty. Ketchup is a favorite condiment of children and adults alike. Sometimes, health conscious people also end up covering their diet food with ketchup in order to add some zing and flavor to it. But, do we know the amount of calories that we intake in this process?
Ketchup Calorie Count
|Calories from Fat
|10 g. (1 packet)
Ketchup was the invention of the Chinese who created it with fish, spices, and soy sauce in the 1600s and introduced it to Europe and Indonesia. Later, people started adding their own ingredients which were available in their local markets like walnuts, tomatoes, mushrooms, oysters, lemon, etc. Some made it sweet and sour, while others made it hot by adding red pepper flakes. Finally in 1872, Henry John Heinz came up with a ketchup recipe that made use of tomatoes, sugar, salt, onions, and other spices and introduced it in the commercial market.
Though ketchup can be made from different food products like anchovies, mushrooms, and walnuts, sweet sour and tangy flavored tomato ketchup is what people love. Almost 97% of American families use ketchup as an important ingredient in many dishes. People love to pile ketchup on almost all fast food; burgers, hotdogs, and the like.
There are many different types of ketchup available in the market, like walnut, mushroom, grape, banana, cucumber, and red pepper ketchup. You can make this sauce at home or buy it at a supermarket, which most of us do as we get a lot of different varieties and brands to choose from.
It can be used as a substitute for tomatoes in tomato recipes. But, since we gain more calories this way, it is advisable to use tomatoes. It should also be remembered that tomatoes contain lycopane which help in the prevention of cancer. But when we use ketchup as a substitute, the nutritional value comes down due to the huge amount of salt and sugar. Sauces are other substitutes for ketchup. They are better because they can be made fresh at home and of course they contain no preservatives.