>> 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!