Why we should avoid the weirdly sweet, super savoury ketchup, which rakes in $800 million a year in sales? Well, here we go:
1. A single tablespoon has more sugar than a chocolate chip cookie
Sounds so hard to believe, right? I know, but when a condiment is historically sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup just to make it taste good, we have a problem. One tablespoon has a whopping 3.7 grams of sugar… by the time you’re done with that boatload of ketchup, you’ve had the equivalent of a few cookies.
2. It overpowers everything it touches
One of the most prominent ingredients in ketchup? Sugar. It’s so cloyingly sweet that anything it gets near tastes like it.
3. The Smell
It has that horrible tomato smell… rancid even. And it lingers… FOREVER. Hours.
You can imagine the disappointment when you sit down at a restaurant, whether it’s a greasy spoon or fine dining, and have to share your meal with a bottle of the red stuff. Or when you order chips, they arrive with ketchup, and you have to spend the next five minutes tracking down your waitress just to get the condiment you really want with chips.
5. We’re all too obsessed with it
While mayo still ranks as the most popular condiment in America, ketchup is a close second. And that’s because there isn’t anything we’re not dousing it on.
6. It just doesn’t belong on a damn hot dog
This is a sin. Mustard (maybe sauerkraut, too) on dogs only, never ketchup.