Friday, October 16, 2009

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Heinz Reduced Sugar Ketchup

Heinz Reduced Sugar KetchupKalyn's Kitchen Picks is a blog feature where I talk about products I love and would recommend to my readers. It's been a long time since I've shared one of my picks, but now that there are no house renovations or vegetable gardens to photograph, I thought I'd start doing one of those posts instead of Friday Night Photos some of the time. In case you've heard about the new FTC guidelines for product recommendations by bloggers, let me start by saying that nearly all of the food products and kitchen items I recommend are things I purchase myself. I very rarely accept products to review, but in the rare event that I did write about a product which was sent to me, I would always mention that I received it as a sample. And I will never (ever!) write about a product unless it is something I'd happily purchase over and over, so if I've added a product to my page of Kalyn's Kitchen Picks, you can be sure this is a product I love!

I'm not a big ketchup eater, but I do eat it on scrambled eggs and occasionally use it in a recipe. For several years now I've been buying Heinz Reduced Sugar Ketchup. I love that it has only one gram of sugar per tablespoon, which is 75% less sugar that most ketchup on the market. This product was originally called Heinz One Carb Ketchup, but a few years ago it was renamed, although the ingredients haven't changed. This ketchup does contain Splenda, which doesn't bother me since I don't eat a lot of sweet foods and don't consider Splenda to be harmful, especially in the amounts I'm using it. You can see the nutritional information at the Heinz Ketchup site, (although Heinz doesn't make it possible for me to link directly to that page so you'll have to catch the dancing ketchup bottle for the reduced sugar ketchup and then click on it to get that info. Heinz, what's up with that?)

Heinz Reduced Sugar Ketchup was what I used when I made this Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Low-Sugar Barbedue Sauce. This is a dish that never could have been made South Beach Diet friendly without using low-sugar ketchup.

I also used the Heinz Reduced Sugar Ketchup in this Shrimp Cocktail with Low Sugar Cocktail Sauce. This is another recipe where using regular ketchup would have made it too high in sugar for me.

According to the Heinz site, this product is also Kosher Pareve and Gluten-Free, which might be other reasons it's a good choice for some people. In Utah I can buy this at both of the grocery stores where I shop most often.

I know there are some recipes out there for making your own ketchup if you want to avoid the sugar that most ketchup contains. There may be other brands of reduced sugar ketchup sweetened with natural ingredients that I don't know about as well. If you have a good recipe for making low sugar ketchup, or a naturally low-sugar ketchup to recommend, please let us know about it in the comments.
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17 comments:

  1. This is a fairly recent addition to my own pantry. Until I started using it, I didn't realize how sweet regular ketchup tastes.

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  2. I don't think that I've ever seen the reduced sugar bottle, but I've never specifically looked for it, either. I rarely use ketchup, but I like Annie's Naturals when I do want it. It's not quite as low in sugar as the Heinz version, but lower than regular ketchup (2 grams in 1 Tbsp).

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  3. I am more concerned about salt in my diet and, by going to the Heinz site, I discovered they also have a reduced salt ketchup....that I will look for.

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  4. In Toledo, Ohio grocery stores, the low-sugar Heinz comes in a teeny bottle and is pretty prohibitively expensive. I'm glad to see that you are able to get it in a large bottle. Still and all, I imagine it costs more than a bottle of regular Heinz of the same size?

    I think I need to try this stuff. I'm insulin-resistant and pre-diabetic. No matter what the cost, huh?

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  5. Lydia, I think this has good flavor, don't you agree. Having less sugar lets the tomato flavor shine through.

    Katie, will have to try that brand, thanks for the suggestion.

    LibbyD, glad that worked out for you!

    Roberta, I think the bottle used to be smaller when it had the old name. I don't remember noticing that this was any more expensive than the other ketchup, but I might have just not been paying attention!

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  6. Thanks for giving us a review of this product Kalyn! In the past, I have wasted lots of money on products I have been unhappy with. So now in these tough economic times, I only buy new products i have been able to sample myself; or go by a recommendation such as yours.
    You are providing a valuable service for us as well as great recipes and photos!
    Thanks so much!
    Grace

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  7. I have not seen the reduced sugar version, but I've been buying the Heinz Organic ketchup at Whole Foods here in San Francisco. It does not contain high fructose corn syrup, which was my main concern with the regular stuff. I'll have to look for the reduced sugar as well. I've seen the Annie's in the store and might try that too since I enjoy other products from that brand. Thanks!

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  8. Finally a ketchup that gets it! GREG

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  9. This is what I use also. It's very good.

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  10. I reviewed this ketchup on my blog!!! I am SO obsessed because it's delicious!!!! I hadn't had ketchup in about 10 years because of the high fructose corn syrup... but now, heinz is back on my shopping list!!

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  11. I've always called ketchup "red sugar." Too damn sweet.
    I'm glad you found this, but... Why not make your own ketchup? With agave syrup and any spices you like. (Come on, you've got all those tomatoes!)

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  12. Pedro, not a big ketchup fan here, but I do like this.

    Grace, happy that you like it.

    Jaymee, will have to check the label on the organic ketchup. I think my store has it.

    Greg, at least for us they get it!

    Lisa, isn't it?

    Gigi, this has actually been around for about 4 years, but when it was called "one carb" I don't think many stores carried it.

    CC, This year I have hardly any tomatoes. I had a sprinkler mishap earlier in the summer and my tomatoes went for about a month without water. Even if I had lots of tomatoes, I can honestly say that making ketchup is not the kind of thing that would turn me on. I'm not a big enough ketchup fan for that! Too many other good things to cook and never enough time.

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  13. I've used this ketchup many times when it was under it's old name. I think it's great too. I don't use ketchup that often so having 2 bottles in the house seemed unnecessary so I haven't bought it lately. Thanks for reminding me! I did go the Heinz website...that was a little crazy, try to catch the bottle of ketchup as it goes by...I was interested in the Low salt but I wouldn't use it because they put more sugar in to compensate.

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  14. I stopped buying Heinz ketchup because it contains high fructose corn syrup. But we love the organic ketchup from Trader Joe's. I haven't looked at the sugar content, though...just that it contained something real instead of something artificial.

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  15. Well, howdy, dollin K!

    Big thanks for this thorough, honest and entertaining review! We linked to your excellent post on our blog, *Product Review Round-Up* under the category of Food & Beverages. The link is embedded in this listing:

    Heinz Reduced Sugar Ketchup honored as a Kalyn’s Kitchen Pick

    Thanks again, Kalyn!

    Happy Trails,
    Grace and Tiffany
    The Uncommon Cowgirls of Product Review Round-Up
    Product Review Round-Up

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  16. Hi Grace,
    Thanks for linking to my review. Love your idea of a review round-up blog too, will be checking often.

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