More HFCS-free ketchup options!

>> Monday, May 31, 2010

It's Memorial Day - a day to remember and honor those men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.  Take a moment to remember those people who gave their lives while serving your country where ever you should happen to live.

Memorial Day is also the traditional unofficial start of summer.  It doesn't matter that we were watching a parade in parkas and occasional spits of snow just two days ago, it's summer!  Tonight we will be firing up the grill and enjoying a slice of watermelon (my family's Memorial Day tradition).  For us, ketchup and grilling seem to go hand in hand, so I was thrilled to see that we have more ketchup options.

When consumers speak with their pocketbook, companies listen - at least the smart companies do.  Hunts is the latest company to remove HFCS from their products.  The entire line of Hunt's ketchups is now HFCS free!  Hunts' ketchup now consists of five simple ingredients:  tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, salt and other seasonings - no HFCS, artificial ingredients or preservatives.  Hunts says that the switch is "in direct response to consumer demand."  We have a bottle of Hunts ketchup sitting in our fridge now, and it is a good ketchup. 

Once upon a time, the only ketchup we bought was Heinz ketchup.   My husband was in love with the texture and flavor of Heinz ketchup over all other ketchups.  Then we gave up foods containing HFCS, and Heinz was no more in our household.  Most Heinz ketchups still contain HFCS, but they now have two HFCS-free options.  The first has been around a while - Heinz Organic Ketchup, a good but expensive ketchup.  The second is a new offering - Simply Heinz Tomato Ketchup.  The ingredients in Simply Heinz are basically the same as Hunts - simple with no HFCS, artificial ingredients or preservatives.

Kudos to Hunts for changing it's entire ketchup line and Heinz for introducing another ketchup that is HFCS-free with simple ingredients!  


Lori May 31, 2010 at 7:21 AM  

I heard about this and almost DM-ed you, but I figured you would likely know already. :) Great news because ketchup is one of the few condiments and foods that I don't like homemade. Perhaps I just haven't found the right recipe, but the bottled stuff is always a staple at cookouts.

cathy May 31, 2010 at 7:26 AM  

I agree, Lori. Homemade ketchup really just isn't the same.

Amy June 1, 2010 at 2:01 PM  

Hooray! I have some serious ketchup lovers here.

Kathleen (Getting Healthy with Bubba and Bellie) June 1, 2010 at 4:15 PM  

Ketchup is the last HFCS product lingering in our house. I figured I would switch over as soon as we finished the bottle, but it's taking forever. We just aren't using it much any more because we aren't eating hot dogs, hamburgers and fries like we used to. Maybe this summer. I am glad there are some options out there!

Lida kaufen June 23, 2011 at 3:15 AM  

I have tried a couple of times but ketchup is not good home made. What is nice is a fresh "sauce" from tomatoes. I just tae the inside juice of the tomato and mix with some spices. Its very nice.

online pharmacy January 10, 2012 at 8:15 AM  

The first has been around a while - Heinz Organic Ketchup, a good but expensive have a bottle of Hunts ketchup sitting in our fridge now, and it is a good ketchup.

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