Ketchup: 5 Reasons Why You Should Avoid it


In 2015, Israel’s Health Ministry in 2015 ruled that Heinz ketchup does not contain a sufficient amount of “tomato solids” for it to be classified as ketchup, downgrading it instead to “tomato seasoning”.

The nation’s food standards require ketchup to hold 41% of tomato concentrate; Heinz only held 21% of tomato concentrate.
Ketchup is not only unhealthy but extremely toxic and quite dangerous to consume over time. Here are five reasons why you should avoid Ketchup.

High Fructose Corn Syrup

High fructose corn syrup can kill you. This toxic ingredient made from heavily genetically modified corn is a major cause of heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia, liver failure, tooth decay, and diabetes. Once metabolized by your body, it can lead to a sharp spike in your blood sugar levels, wreak havoc with your immune system, and damage your liver.


Heinz Tomato Ketchup contains 23.6 grams sugar per 100 grams. American Heart Association recommends that the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day is (for men) 37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons and (for women) 25 grams or 6 teaspoons per day. A tablespoon-size serving has 4 grams of sugar. 1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons. Who eats only 1 tablespoon?.

Distilled Vinegar

Vinegar was not all natural but was made from genetically modified corn, which is grown with toxic pesticides and chemicals. The term distilled vinegar is something of a misnomer, because it is not produced by distillation but by fermentation of distilled alcohol. The fermentate is diluted to produce a colorless solution of 5% to 8% acetic acid in water, with a pH of about 2.4. The pH scale runs from 0 to 14. Values below 7 are acidic.


The biggest problem with ketchup is that it is high in sodium. One tablespoon can contain up to 190 milligrams of sodium. Heinz Tomato Ketchup contains 907 milligrams sodium per 100 grams – that’s 37%. Combined with the many other places that sodium appears in your diet, this definitely is a problem.


More than 90% of all corn grown in the US is genetically modified. While high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup are directly derived from genetically modified corn, tomato concentrate (contains citric acid derived from corn), vinegar (made from rye and corn) and salt (contains dextrose derived from corn) have an indirect role to play in making the Heinz ketchup unhealthy.

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