3 Scientific Reasons Why You Should Never Put Heinz Ketchup On Your Food Again

You may love ketchup, but if so, we're here with two pieces of advice: 1) Stay away from Heinz! 2) You can make your own that's both healthier and tastier!

Alright, let's do the painful part first: It’s time to burst the bubble. Turn over that bottle of Heinz. I know you don’t want to but do it anyway. 

You will see the following ingredient list:

  • Tomato concentrate from red ripe tomatoes
  • Distilled vinegar
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Corn syrup
  • Salt
  • Spices
  • Onion Powder
  • Natural flavoring

Yuck. That alone doesn’t sound good. Keep in mind that these labels are formatted in order of most to least, so there is the most ‘tomato concentrate from red ripe tomatoes’  and the least ‘natural flavoring.’ Or so it seems.

Heinz sounds like they are trying really hard (and failing) to make their product sound healthy. ‘Tomato concentrate from ripe red tomatoes’ is a fancy way of saying ‘Processed tomatoes that have lost their nutritional value but we are going to make them sound good by putting in ‘ripe red.’ They are preying on the ignorance of the consumers. The producer wants you to think that ‘corn syrup’ is healthier than ‘high fructose corn syrup.’ In reality, these ingredients are the same thing: high fructose corn syrup.

This is a trick. Perhaps since the population is becoming more aware of the importance of the order on product labels, they split the same ingredient under two names. 

If they didn’t do this, the list may appear like this:

  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Tomato concentrate from red ripe tomatoes
  • Distilled vinegar
  • Salt
  • Spices
  • Onion Powder
  • Natural flavoring

So those three reasons to stay away from Heinz:

1. Corn Syrup

No one would buy a condiment that is mostly corn syrup! At least, no one who knows how bad corn syrup is for you.

As for the salt, Heinz uses the cheapest type of salt - salt that can cause toxicity in the blood, high blood pressure, and mineral imbalance if consumed too often.

By eating one tablespoon of this junk, you are inhaling 7% of your sugar intake and a large portion of your daily sodium. That’s just one tablespoon of a condiment! Who uses only one tablespoon of ketchup on their burger? These numbers add up fast!

This main ingredient in this condiment is high fructose corn syrup, which is extremely toxic to one’s health! It’s derived from genetically modified corn. This syrup spikes blood sugar levels and damages the liver over time. It can lead to heart disease, obesity, diabetes, weakened immune system, and more!

2. Distilled Vinegar and Sugar

Distilled vinegar is not the good type of vinegar you pour on your salads. Distilled vinegar is created from GMO corn which it bred with pesticides and chemicals. There is not benefit to your health, only detriment. The high fructose corn syrup was not enough for Heinz!

3. No Nutritional Value

No fiber, no protein, no minerals… no reason to eat this product.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you have lost your favorite condiment and dip forever. There are many options on the market for a healthier organic, non-GMO ketchup. The best way is to make your own! It’s easy and takes literally twelve minutes.

Homemade Ketchup Recipe

Prep time: 2 minutes. Cook time: 10 minutes.


  • 1 cup organic tomato sauce
  • 1 tblsp + 1 tsp vinegar
  • 3 tblsp coconut or brown sugar
  • 1 pinch each cinnamon, cayenne pepper, all-spice, ground clove, ground mustard


  • Bring tomato sauce to a boil and reduce (let the evaporation make it thicker- more like a paste than a sauce)
  • Whisk in vinegar, sugar and spices. Simmer for 3-4 more minutes.
  • Let cool, store in the fridge in an air-tight container. Enjoy within 2 weeks.

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