Ketchup is one of the most popular condiments on the market. Almost every household has a bottle in the fridge! Eaten as is or used as an ingredient for certain recipes, it enhances the flavor, but also the color of our plates. The more the variations of the condiment multiply, the more complex the choice of a good product in the supermarket becomes. My analysis of commercial products!
THE ORIGIN OF KETCHUP
Ketchup, a condiment of Asian origin and initially called ké-tsiap, tasted quite pungent and pronounced. It is said that it was English sailors who, on the 17the century, brought back from the Orient the famous condiment which has become so popular here. Subsequently, its original recipe was modified to offer the flavor that we currently know. It consists mainly of tomato paste, sugar, white vinegar, salt and various spices or seasonings. These ingredients may vary depending on the brands on the market.
The best choices
Quetchup Canada Sauce
The champion, on the Ketchup side, is a very local product that has just arrived on the shelves! Made in Chicoutimi, the Quetchup Canada Sauce contains only local ingredients, including greenhouse tomatoes from the region (north of Lac-Saint-Jean), buckwheat honey and apple cider vinegar. We love this 100% Quebec ketchup created by businessman Simon-Pierre Murdock and his team. Without added salt, this ketchup stands out because it is the lowest in sodium of all the ketchups analyzed (5 mg of sodium naturally present in tomatoes)! It provides 10 calories and 3 g of sugars per serving.
Canada Tomato Ketchup Sauce
From the same brand (Canada Sauce), tomato ketchup is also one of our top choices. For 15 calories, it contains 3 grams of sugar (it contains maple syrup). This condiment is also one of the least salty ketchups with 70 mg of sodium per 15 ml serving.
Old Delights Homemade Red Ketchup
The company’s house-style ketchup Delights of yesteryear is another great choice. It provides only 30 mg of sodium per serving. It contains 3g of sugars per serving and 15 calories. This ketchup contains vegetables like tomatoes, onions, celery and peppers. Its list of ingredients is uncluttered and contains no additives or preservatives. WE love !
The branded ketchup Joe Beef is also among the best options among the range of products analyzed. It provides 55 mg of sodium, half less than the average of the products analyzed, 3 g of sugars and 20 calories per 15 ml portion. The product is free from additives.
Certainly, Quebec products stand out in this test bench. We can be proud to buy local, especially when you are in good health!
Also one of the least salty products, we find the reduced sodium ketchup of the brand Compliments. This provides 45 mg of sodium per 15 ml. On the other hand, it contains potassium chloride, an additive, which gives it a salty flavor.
The less good choices!
Heinz and President’s Choice
The brand’s no-sugar-added ketchup Heinz is a less attractive option. Certainly, it displays less sugars than other products. However, if we look at its list of ingredients, we discover that it contains sucralose, a sweetener that we prefer to avoid. Also, it is the most salty product of all the products analyzed. Indeed, it contains 200 mg of sodium per 15 ml portion. Interestingly, it is the only product in the analysis to contain torula yeast, a source of group B vitamins. Also containing a sweetener, stevia, the product without added sugar. President’s Choice is among the least interesting options.
The brand’s ketchup French’s also finds its place among the worst options in our analysis. It ranks second among the most salty products with a content of 170 mg per 15 ml portion.
Irresistibles Organic Ketchup
If the brand’s organic ketchup Irresistible pleases with its uncluttered list of ingredients made up of organic products, it drops points with one of the highest sodium content of the products compared (160 mg of sodium per 15 ml).
Tomatoes and fruit: a delicious combination!
Old Delights Homemade Fruit Ketchup and Si-Bon Homemade Fruit Ketchup
During our selection of products in supermarkets, we discovered fruit ketchups. You know ? Interesting from a nutritional point of view, the brand’s products Delights of yesteryear and So good are prepared with tomatoes, peaches and pears. Overall, if we compare them to traditional ketchup, we see that the two products are not very salty, 25 and 30 mg per 15 ml portion. Contrary to what one might think, fruit ketchups do not contain more sugars than the products offered in the classic version (ie 2 and 3 g of sugar per 15 ml portion). On the composition side, if the product Delights of yesteryear contains both calcium chloride and citric acid, the brand product So good, meanwhile, contains xanthan gum for its texture. Nothing better than to cook it yourself to control the inputs!
About twenty products were analyzed for this test bench. The reference portion used is 15 ml, or a portion of 1 tbsp.
Per portion, the different products analyzed provide:
- Between 5 and 20 calories
- Between 1 and 4 g of sugar
- Between 5 and 200 mg of sodium
♦ Thanks to Diana Ayoub Fawaz, nutrition intern, for her precious collaboration.