We love our condiments for the flavor hit they add to our foods, but did you know you could be consuming lots of extra calories and sugar in your favorite condiments?
Here’s the lowdown on the sugar content in the most popular condiments:
A teaspoon of sriracha sauce may only contain 5 calories, but it has one gram of sugar. That may not seem like much, but lovers of sriracha will probably consume much more than one teaspoon.
2. Honey Mustard
The name alone should be a clue: honey mustard contains sugar, whereas yellow mustard doesn’t. One teaspoon of French’s Honey Mustard has more than one gram of sugar.
We all seem to love our ketchup, and slather it on our food with abandon. One tablespoon of Heinz Ketchup contains 4 grams of sugar, according to Heinz’s website.
Tomatoes are naturally sugary, but salsa probably has added sugar too. Two tablespoons of Mission Medium Chunky Salsa contains 2 grams of sugar. Two tablespoons of Tostitos Medium Chunky Salsa also contains 2 grams of sugar. This might seem ok, but you can eat a lot of salsa when you’re scooping it up with tortilla chips.
5. Worcestershire Sauce
Most of us won’t use a great deal of this strong flavored sauce, so knowing that one tablespoon contains one gram of sugar probably won’t make much of a difference in how you use it.
6. Barbeque Sauce
The brand you choose makes a difference in how much sugar is in your barbeque sauce, but generally you can expect to be consuming at least 4 to 6 grams of sugar.
High fructose corn syrup is the first ingredient in Sweet Baby Ray’s Original Barbeque Sauce, and just two tablespoons of the sauce contain 16 grams of sugar.
7. Light or Fat-Free Dressings
Low fat or fat free foods often have lots of sugar and salt in to replace the flavor that’s removed with the fat, and dressings are no exception. Some brands can have up to 8 grams of sugar per 2 tablespoons.
8. Teriyaki Sauce
Original teriyaki sauce originated in Japan, where it was made with soy sauce and spices, but after being introduced to Hawaii, Japanese-Americans started adding brown sugar and pineapple juice to sweeten it. One tablespoon of Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce contains 2 grams of sugar.
9. Sweet Relish
The clue is in the name, I guess! One tablespoon of Heinz Sweet Relish contains 3 grams of sugar. Who would have thought that chopped pickles could contain such an amount of sugar?
10. Miracle Whip
Traditional mayonnaise doesn’t contain much sugar at all, but Miracle Whip has high fructose corn syrup in it. One tablespoon of this mayo contains one gram of sugar.
11. Hoisin Sauce
Sugar is listed as the biggest ingredient in Kikkoman Hoisin Sauce, and two tablespoons contain 17 grams of sugar.
12. A.1 Sauce
If you’re a fan of putting sauce on your steak, be aware that one tablespoon of A.1 Sauce contains 2 grams of sugar, according to Kraft’s website.
13. Soy Sauce
Here’s a condiment that contains zero sugar! However, soy sauce is loaded with salt, so you still might want to cut down. One tablespoon contains 920 milligrams of sodium, which is 38% of your recommended daily intake.
14. Duck Sauce
Sadly, duck sauce is pretty much all sugar. One tablespoon of KA-ME Duck Sauce contains 8 grams of sugar.
15. Hot Sauce
Some hot sauces are free of sugar, like Frank’s RedHot Original Sauce, Cholula Original Hot Sauce, and Tabasco Original Red Sauce, but it’s important to read the labels as some hot sauces, like Sriracha, do contain sugar.