Saturday, January 30, 2016

Putting the Squeeze on Heinz 'Tomato' Ketchup

Do not enter Heinz Tomato Ketchup symbol on plate

I only use ketchup in one thing. Meatloaf. It's rare that I make a meatloaf, but it's always with Heinz Tomato Ketchup. Never again. I read this yesterday and was completely shocked to find out these facts. This goes to show how important it is to read labels. This has been the only ketchup I have ever used and it did not dawn on me to look at the label. Call it brand brainwash. 

From now on I'll be making my own and think you should too. There are many great recipes online for homemade tomato ketchup.

One example:

Here are the Heinz facts.

This ketchup based product has been put on hot dogs, eggs, burgers, chicken – you name it! But did you know that one of the biggest names in the ketchup game doesn’t even have enough tomatoes to be classified as ketchup in some countries? Heinz Ketchup is actually banned from calling itself ketchup in Israel for that very reason!
On top of the utter lack of tomatoes, here’s five reasons you should avoid this name brand altogether:
1. There’s a proverbial crap-ton of high fructose corn syrup, an ingredient that has many links to obesity, heart attacks and cancer.
2. For every 100 grams of ketchup in a Heinz bottle, there’s 23.6 grams of sugar. That’s a lot of sugar for a condiment made of tomatoes…
3. According to a lawsuit filed in 2014, Heinz doesn’t use distilled vinegar in their ketchup, rather a modified form of corn.
4. You know how you’ve heard that excessive sodium is bad for you? Well Heinz Ketchup has a lot, as in 190 milligrams per tablespoon.
5. In addition to the insane amount of corn in a tomato based product, the corn they use has a high probability of being genetically modified. That means any non-GMO people out there already have their reason to stay away!
Ketchup can be some serious business, so make sure you’re getting the real thing and not some knockoff only claiming to be real. Don’t buy Heinz! Pass it along

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