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Here's how much sugar is really in your favorite condiments

Submitted by Tech Insider on May 16, 2018 - 3:17pm

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You're probably not thinking about how much sugar you're adding to your food when you reach for a bottle of ketchup, Sriracha, or barbecue sauce. Condiments don't count, right? 

Unfortunately, the sugar (and calories) in condiments can really add up if you're not cautious about the amount you're using. And it's easy to overdo it.

"Condiments aren't something that people use sparingly and many people don't think about serving sizes," registered dietitian-nutritionist Brigitte Zeitlin told INSIDER. 

Additionally, sugar can be disguised under many names such as high-fructose corn syrup, molasses, dextrose, fructose, honey, maltose, and glucose, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  

To keep the amount of sugar you're eating in check, try measuring your condiments. If you're at a restaurant, Zeitlin suggested getting all of your dressings and sauces on the side and then measuring them with your spoon, which is typically slightly smaller than a tablespoon. 

Reading nutrition labels and knowing the ingredients can also help prevent you from overdoing it. Here's how much sugar is really in your favorite condiments. 

1. Sriracha

One teaspoon of Sriracha sauce only contains 5 calories, but it also contains one gram of sugar, according to the nutritional label on a Sriracha bottle. 

That might not seem like very much, but few Sriracha enthusiasts will be satisfied with just one teaspoon. 




2. Honey mustard

Yellow mustard might not have any sugar in it, but honey mustard does. One teaspoon of French's Honey Mustard contains a little more than one gram of sugar, according to the brand's website. 

3. Ketchup

Ketchup is one of the biggest culprits among condiments that are high in sugar. Just one tablespoon of Heinz Ketchup contains 4 grams of sugar, according to the brand's website. 


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