Excess Sugar in Ketchup

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Excess Sugar in Ketchup. Sugar hides in many conventional, everyday processed foods. For instance, the amount of sugar in ketchup is alarming and surprisingly excessive. Your typical ketchup, for instance, packs about 4 grams of sugar in 1 tablespoon (17 g). Many popular brands such as Heinz is laced with high fructose corn syrup. Even Hunt’s “100% Natural” version with no high fructose corn syrup contains 58 teaspoons of sugar in ketchup

But there doesn’t need to be so much sugar in ketchup. In fact, it detracts from the flavor of the tomatoes. Here’s a healthy ketchup recipe that you can easily make at home. Keep in mind that conventional tomatoes are often watered down and flavorless. It is best to use organic ingredients for that bright flavor that will go well on fries, hamburgers, veggie burgers, eggs, sweet potatoes, and more! This is a wonderful recipe to make in late summer when tomato season is coming to an end and you have the most access to ripe tomatoes. You can make this healthy recipe in large batches so you can enjoy it throughout the year and avoid the excess sugar in ketchup. This recipe is inspired by Halle Cottis from Whole Lifestyle Nutrition

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 32 tbsp

Serving Size: 1 tbsp


  • 4 1/2 pounds organic ripe tomatoes

  • 1/4 cup onion chopped

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar

  • 1/2 of a cinnamon stick

  • 6 whole cloves

  • 1/2 tsp celery seeds

  • dash of red pepper

  • 1/8-1/4 cup stevia blend, or sweetener of choice (sweeten to taste)

  • 1 tsp unrefined sea salt


  1. In a small saucepan add vinegar, cinnamon stick, cloves, and celery seeds.

  2. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and set aside.

  3. Quarter and core tomatoes and put in a large kettle.

  4. Add onions and cook on medium heat for 25 minutes or until tomatoes cook down.

  5. Put tomato and onion mixture through a food mill or sieve and discard seeds and skins.

  6. Return the pulp back to the kettle.

  7. Measure the depth with a ruler.

  8. If it is 2? high, then you want to cook it down by half, so in this example, you would cook it down to 1?.

  9. Stir occasionally (This could take a little over an hour to accomplish).

  10. Once it has cooked down, add your strained vinegar (discard spices), add salt and cook until you reach your desired thickness (about 30 more minutes). Keep in mind, the sauce will thicken as it cools down.

  11. Add stevia blend or sweetener of choice and stir.

Nutritional Information Calories: 15.0 Fat: 0.2g Carbohydrates: 3.3g Protein: 0.6g

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