Everyone is now more aware that processed food is toxic and filled with chemicals. We’re knowing that organically grown is a much better option and it’s easier to make something at home with fresh, organic and natural elements than to buy it from the store. There are certain store picked up little things though that we may not think much about making ourselves because they seem simple, i’m talking about condiments like mustard, sauces, dressings and ketchup. Whether you’re a meat eater or a vegan you may still love that ketchup taste and use it on a variety of foods or even to drop foods into. Recently I was doing some research on high fructose corn syrup and what I came across shocked me.
I’ll reach that more in a moment, but first I wish to give out why you need to read and understand the heinz ketchup ingredient label. Initially it may seem that we now have a few doubtful substances but by digging deeper you’ll actually find it’s not only not healthy but extremely harmful and in my personal thoughts and opinions quite dangerous to consume over time.
Here’s the heinz “ketchup” ingredient label:
If you aren’t already familiar with how ingredient labels work, the label lists substances to be able from most to least in the merchandise, and therefore tomato focus from red ripe tomatoes is what’s in this ketchup most, followed secondly by distilled vinegar, high fructose corn syrup etc. Onion natural powder and natural flavoring are a little percentage of the overall content of this bottle. Now that you understand this I want to share with you what is actually in heinz ketchup served at mostly every restaurant, fast food or not in America and in many other countries.
Here’s the full ingredient list:
1. Tomato Concentrate
2. Distilled Vinegar
3. High Fructose Corn Syrup
4. Corn Syrup
5. Salt, Spice, Onion Powder, Natural Flavor etc.
When I first read this label I laughed to myself because Heinz is already trying to technique you, the buyer into thinking it’s a wholesome condiment by labeling two of the substances differently even though they will be the exact same component. Can you figure which two? It’s quite apparent right? High fructose corn syrup and corn syrup will be the same exact thing, these are both ‘high fructose corn syrup’ however they ‘re going with adding another corn syrup name to attempt to technique you into considering there are more elements than there are really for just two reasons.
First, they probably want you to believe that corn syrup is more healthy than high fructose corn syrup so they distinct the two. They also want you to think there is a difference, which there is not and lastly they most likely did this because consumers are becoming aware of the higher the ingredient on the ingredient list the more there is contained in the product. So if they just got “High Fructose Corn Syrup” and put that on the label without ‘corn syrup’ that could probably be higher on the list. The ingredient label may look similar to this:
1. High Fructose Corn Syrup
2. Tomato Concentrate
3. Distilled Vinegar
4. Salt, Spices etc.
Their label would be ruined! It could create transparency and demonstrate that you’re buying and consuming more corn syrup from GMO corn than ACTUAL tomato centered ketchup. That is just the beginning too, wait around until you understand the rest of the label. This is already a tomato-red flag in my opinion though. They are already using the labeling system to try to deceive you. The second issue I have with heinz ketchup and another reason why I will not consume it is that they use distilled vinegar. Think where most vinegar originates from? Genetically Modified Corn.
Using the high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup and distilled vinegar we curently have three corn based ingredients in what should be tomato tasting ketchup, but wait! there’s more.
The label continues on to state ‘salt, spice, onion powder, natural flavoring’ by the end. The sodium they use is the least expensive form of sodium that can be bought which is the type of salt that causes high blood pressure, toxicity in the body and mineral imbalances (high sodium in the blood) which leads to numerous health problems if consumed too often. Each goes on the label to state ‘natural tastes’ and what they suggest by that? Only God understands. If we go through the rest of the heinz label (as you can see below) you’ll notice that there is no fiber or protein but there is sodium and glucose. Where will the sugar result from? Maybe ‘natural taste’ is glucose. You’ll see that 1 tbsp is 7% of your daily glucose value so each spoonful of ketchup you consume on whatever you boost your sodium daily value by 7%, count number away… 7-14-21-28. Do you observe how quick that accumulates? you could consume a sizable chunk of your daily sodium value with simply a condiment, aside from the food you take in along with it.
There are many reasons to avoid heinz ketchup for the sake of your health and well-being but i’ll sum it up in 3 solid reasons why you should avoid heinz ketchup like the plague and why i’ll be doing so also.
1. High Fructose Corn Syrup: Heinz Ketchup is LOADED with high fructose corn syrup. I wonder if that would be the number one ingredient in the ketchup if they didn’t play this “list the ingredient double under two brands” technique on us. High fructose corn syrup is incredibly unhealthy and dangerous. It acts such as a glucose in the torso when it’s metabolized, relatively… only worse! since it originates from genetically improved corn it is even more dangerous. It spikes your blood sugar levels and will damage the liver over time. High fructose corn syrup can lead to obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, a weakend disease fighting capability and so a lot more. You know this but what frightened me even more was what I read from Dr. Tag Hyman’s website lately. He noted an FDA researcher approached the corn makers to send her a barrel of high fructose corn syrup for tests, they wouldn’t send her a barrel even though she attemptedto receive one multiple times. Finally, she transformed her approach and asked a new beverage company on the market for a barrel. They sent her one gladly. After doing the testing she found that high fructose corn syrup contains high levels of Mercury, an extremely toxic heavy metal. This information and research comes from an FDA researcher! Mercury affects the brain, anxious system, can result in autism and it certainly harms children. I recommend staying away from heinz ketchup or ANY other food including high fructose corn syrup with your kids.
Remember, Heinz made a decision to list high fructose corn syrup and ‘corn syrup’ as individual so they already have a higher degree of high fructose corn syrup in ketchup than you’d think, meaning higher degrees of mercury also if their corn syrup correlates with corn syrup that has been tested thus far.
Not only has high fructose corn syrup been proven to be unhealthy and toxic, genetically modified foods have also, this is both a GMO food and a toxic poisonous sweetener.
2. Distilled Vinegar & Sugar: Heinz ketchup contains distilled vinegar as another ingredient and on their label they list 4 grams of sugar per serving which is each tablespoon. Distilled vinegar is created from genetically modified corn which is expanded with poisonous pesticides and chemicals. Ingesting this by means of vinegar is not beneficial at all to your wellbeing, it’s only poisonous. They list ‘natural tastes’ on the elements and list 4 grams of sugars above it. This leads me to trust they not only added high fructose corn syrup in a all to ample amount however they added sugars also and labeled it as ‘natural flavors’ on the label. Most sugar in mass produces products come from GMO sources. GMO beet sugar is the most common used. If the toxic high fructose corn syrup wasn’t bad enough for your pancreas, liver, metabolism, immune system, nervous system and brain the super generous Heinz Companies decided to then add more chemicals, gmo’s and sugars into the ketchup to include energy to the open fire for you!
This much sugars with no fiber or other things has been proven to spike blood sugar and begins to weigh on your pancreas and your liver.
3. No Nutritional Value Whatsoever: Heinz has NO fiber and NO protein and NO nutrition in their ketchup. The miniscule amount of ‘tomato paste’ may contain a very very small amount of cooked lycopene that won’t even be accessible by the body to soak up. This ketchup is a chemical substance shit surprise of genetically customized ingredients, glucose and toxic glucose like chemicals. It’s without having nutrition yet full of GMO’s, sugar, and chemicals and even possibly mercury, much metal that is incredibly toxic to the body.
If you care about your health and well-being, and the health and well-being of your family you’ll avoid this ketchup and opt for a healthier organic and natural non-gmo ketchup, there are plenty of options on the market.