With anything that you love there are probably a few drawbacks, right? For example, you love to go out dancing, but that means you have to get dressed up. You love to eat ice cream, but then you have to lug the bucket out of the freezer and then scoop yourself some, and then shove it back in the freezer. So you see, there are very few things in life that come without any negatives.
The calories in ketchup has given ketchup a bad rap for years. Well, I am here to remind you that ketchup makes the world a better place. Not only to eat, but also to be apart of. If it weren’t for ketchup, what would I put on my hamburgers? Mustard? Pickles? Nothing, I probably would stop eating half of the things that are in my diet if I was forced to deny myself and not eat any ketchup.
When my family sets the table for a meal, whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner the ketchup bottle is as much of a stable as the silverware, sometimes more. It takes it’s place right next to the milk in the refrigerator to ensure it is easily accessible.
If you are watching what you eat, and think that you need to be concerned about the calories in ketchup – think again. You will only find 15 calories in tomato ketchup, that is with Heinz ketchup at least, of course other non standard recipes may contain more or less calories depending on their ingredients.
For a measly 15 calories you are going to get a whole tablespoon to either dip or spread. I personally don’t really count the calories in ketchup. I figure that if I am eating, I am going to enjoy it. I am not going to deny something for a few calories. I can jump rope for 1 minute and burn off 15 calories.
- In one cup of ketchup there are 240 calories
- In one tablespoon of ketchup there are 15 calories
- In one packet of ketchup there are 6 calories
Ketchup is a great option for people who are trying to lose some weight. With ketchup in my corner I am willing to eat foods that I would never eat alone. My family dips everything in ketchup from brussel sprouts to broccoli. My kids eat raw broccoli like french fries.
Some people think they need to be concerned with the sugar content in ketchup. But you need to remember that cutting sugar out of your diet completely is not recommended. If you are thinking about lowering your sugar intake cut out sugary drinks instead. Water is much better for you anyway. Plus the calories in tomato ketchup is worth it because it helps me not only eat my daily veggies, but actually enjoy doing it.