If you know anything about how ingredients are labeled you know that companies list the ingredients in order from what is most in the item to what is least in the item. This can be very confusing.
There are so many reasons to stay away from Heinz ketchup for the sake of your health. But here are the most prominent.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Heinz ketchup is filled with high fructose corn syrup. I wonder if that would be the primary active ingredient in the ketchup if they did not play the “list the component twice under two name” game. High fructose corn syrup is exceptionally undesirable and harmful. High Fructose corn syrup acts like a sugar in the body when it is metabolized. Because it originates from genetically modified corn it is a lot more harmful. Over time it increases your blood sugar levels and will harm the liver. It can also result in weight problems, heart disease, diabetes, and weakened immune system.
Another thing to remember is that Heinz decided to list high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup as separate components so that they can have a greater level of corn syrup in the catsup.
Distilled Vinegar and Sugar
So not only do they have high fructose corn syrup in the mix but for a little extra sweetness, they add in sugar as well. 4 extra grams of sugar per tablespoon.
Then for another genetically modified corn ingredient they add in Distilled vinegar.
So just in these 3 ingredients alone we have GMO, GMO, and GMO. Mixed with sugar and chemicals, leaving you with a product that has no fiber, no protein, no nutritional value whatsoever!
This means that the main ingredients in ketchup are tomato concentrate, distilled vinegar, and high fructose syrup. Does that sound healthy to you? The label goes on to list things like salt and onion powder, meaning that there is hardly any salt and onion powder but an abundance of unnatural ingredients. This means that Heinz ketchup has no nutritional value. It contains no fiber. Making your own ketchup is definitely the way to go. Watch the video below for a recipe on how to.