If you’re like me, there is nothing better than sinking your teeth into a nice juicy burger. Grilling, frying, or ordering at a restaurant—give me a perfectly cooked burger, and I will give you back an empty plate.

Of course, hamburger meat is part of a ketogenic lifestyle. The bun that it comes on however, is not. I usually have my burger without a bun… or if I am feeling adventurous and don’t mind getting a little messy, I use lettuce as a makeshift bun.

But what about condiments? Ketchup must be ok because it contains tomatoes, right?

Not so fast.

Have you ever looked at the back of a ketchup bottle and read the ingredients? Yes, ketchup does contain tomatoes… but it also contains other ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup. Those are other names for sugar!

What about No Sugar Added Tomato Ketchup? This product contains sucralose which is an artificial sweetener that is 600 times sweeter than sugar! Sucralose products often contain bulking agents of dextrose (sugar) and maltodextrin (sugar) which may increase blood sugar and insulin levels in some individuals. Too much sucralose can also lead to bloating, abdominal pain, flatulence, or diarrhea. Do you want “disaster pants” at your next BBQ? Neither do I!

So why are companies allowed to market a product (such as No Sugar Added Tomato Ketchup)? Technically, they are correct—there is no actual “sugar” in their product. Instead, they used a sugar substitute.

Bottom Line: Stay away from ketchup on a ketogenic lifestyle!

Reading nutrition labels and ingredients can be tricky! Let me, a Certified Ketogenic Nutrition Specialist, help you become a food label sleuth and steer you in the right direction of optimal metabolic health. Please feel free to contact me at brian@theketogenicpharmacist.com for a free consultation or if you have any questions.