Ketchup on the test bench

Ketchup is one of the most popular spices on the market. Almost every family has a bottle in the fridge! Consumed as is or used as an ingredient for certain recipes, enhances the taste but also the color of our dishes. The more variations of spices there are, the more complicated it becomes to choose a good product in the supermarket. My analysis of commercial products!

THE ORIGIN OF KEÇUP

Ketchup, a spice of Asian origin and originally called ké-tsiap, had a rather sharp and pronounced taste. It is said that it was the English sailors who in the 17th centuryAND century, brought from the Orient the famous spices that have become so popular here. Subsequently, his original recipe was modified to deliver the flavor we know today. It consists mainly of tomato paste, sugar, white vinegar, salt and various spices or condiments. These ingredients may vary between brands in the market.

The best choices


Ketchup sauce Canada

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Ketchup sauce Canada

The champion, by Ketchup, is a local product that has just hit the shelves! Produced in Chicoutimi, Ketchup sauce Canada 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 as being the lowest in sodium of all the ketchups analyzed (5 mg sodium present naturally in tomatoes)! It provides 10 calories and 3 g of sugars per serving.


Tomato ketchup sauce Canada

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Tomato ketchup sauce Canada

From the same brand (Canadian sauce), tomato ketchup is also one of our main choices. For 15 calories contains 3 grams of sugar (contains maple syrup). This spice is also one of the least salty ketchups with 70 mg sodium per 15 ml serving.


Délices d'Autrefois house style red ketchup

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Délices d’Autrefois house style red ketchup

Company ketchup in the style of the house Former pleasures is another great choice. It provides only 30 mg of sodium per serving. It contains 3 g of sugars per serving and 15 calories. This ketchup contains vegetables like tomatoes, onions, celery and peppers. Its list of ingredients is pure and contains no additives or preservatives. We want !


Joe Beef

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Joe Beef

branded ketchup Joe Beef is also one of the best options among the range of products analyzed. It provides 55 mg of sodium, which is half the average of the products analyzed, 3 g of sugars and 20 calories per 15 ml of service. The product is without additives.

Undoubtedly Quebec products stand out on this test bench. We can be proud to buy local, especially when health is on the go!


Compliments

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Compliments

Also among the less salty products, we find branded 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 taste.

Worst choices!


Heinz and the Election of the President

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Heinz and the Election of the President

Branded ketchup without added sugar Heinz is a less attractive option. Of course, it displays less sugar than other products. However, if we look at the list of its ingredients, we find that it contains sucralose, a sweetener that we prefer to avoid. Also, it is the saltiest product of all the products analyzed. In fact, it contains 200 mg of sodium per 15 ml serving. Interestingly, it is the only product in the analysis that contains torula yeast, a source of B vitamins. It also contains a sweetener, stevia, a product without added sugar. Election of the President is one of the least attractive options.


French

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French

Branded ketchup French also finds its place among the worst options in our analysis. It ranks second among the saltiest products with a content of 170 mg per 15 ml serving.


Non-Resistant Organic Ketchup

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Non-Resistant Organic Ketchup

If branded organic ketchup Irresistible satisfied with his list of refined ingredients and composed of organic products, loses points with a sodium content among the highest of the products in comparison (160 mg sodium per 15 ml).

Tomatoes and fruits: a delicious combination!


Délices d'Autrefois house-style fruit ketchup and Si-Bon Home-style fruit ketchup

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Délices d’Autrefois home-style fruit ketchup and Si-Bon Home fruit ketchup

While selecting products in supermarkets, we discovered fruit ketchup. You know ? Nutritionally interesting, branded products Former pleasures AND Very good prepared with tomatoes, peaches and pears. In general, if we compare them with traditional ketchup, we find that both products are very low in salt, 25 and 30 mg per 15 ml of service. Contrary to what one might think, fruit ketchups do not contain more sugar than the products offered in the classic version (i.e. 2 and 3 g sugar per 15 ml serving). In terms of composition, if the product Former pleasures contains both calcium chloride and citric acid, branded product Very good, meanwhile, contains xanthan gum, for its texture. Nothing better than cooking it yourself to control the ingredients!

Our analysis

About twenty products were analyzed for this test bench. The reference portion used is 15 ml, or a portion of 1 tablespoon.

For service, the various products analyzed offer:

  • From 5 to 20 calories
  • Between 1 and 4 g sugar
  • Between 5 and 200 mg sodium

. Thank you Diana Ayoub Fawaz, diet practitioner, for her invaluable collaboration.

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