My search for Ketchup
In Austin TX I found (at HEB) a ketchup with "no added sugar."
"Frank's Totally Tomato" Ketchup. Ingredients: Tomato concentrate (red ripe tomatoes, Maltitolm, vinegar, salt, dehydrated onion,spice, natural flavoring).
Maltitol? I hadn't heard of it before. Yahooing reveals that it is a "sugar alcohol" and if overconsumed, it can have laxative effects. The standard tech-speak is something like this:
Maltitol is produced by hydrogenation of the disaccharide maltose, which in turn is
obtained by enzymatic hydrolysis of purified starch.
I was excited to find a ketchup w/o hi-fructose corn syrup (and this one isn't overly sweet), but now I'm not sure. Has anyone researched Maltitol?
As a diabetic, I've eaten more than my share of items with Maltitol. Generally speaking (meaning--for most people), a tablespoon of a food item with Maltitol (especially if the Maltitol isn't one of the first few ingredients in the ketchup) won't have a laxitive effect. OTOH, the flavor is most definitely NOT the same as sugar.
I guess it would depend on how serious your need to avoid sugar is--for me a product with Maltitol is a good thing, in moderation. I'd rather use sugar for something where it really matters--like an occassional bowl of ice cream!
I'm not diabetic - it has run in the family and a very good friend has an adult case (and a sweet tooth, so I'm glad that some of these products are available)....I ate a lot of sugar growing up. At some point I decided to avoid it. Now, I simply don't like a lot of sugar, and I'm oversensitive to it when it is in a product. There is no way that I can drink a regular soft drink, or any "fruit juice blends." Ketchup, a la Heinz, tastes really sweet to me, and I think that I can taste the difference between sugar and HFCS.
Maybe my body is trying to tell me something? Or I just recalibrated my palate? Anyhow, I feel somewhat lucky.
Sun Harvest in Austin has Henry's ketchup. Ingredients: tomato puree, evaporated cane juice, white vinegar, salt, onion powder, spices. Wal-Mart supercenter has Heinz certified organic ketchup. Ingredients: organic tomato concentrate made from red ripe organic tomatoes, organic distilled vinegar, organic sugar, salt, organic onion powder, organic spice, natural flavoring.
Sigh - why can't someone just make a ketchup with honey or molasses or beet sugar or just regular sugar? How hard is it?
I feel your frustration. I don't know a thing about maltitol, though....I find all of this so frustrating.
How the heck did they make ANYTHING 50 years ago without all of these lab created sweeteners? It's a mystery, isn't it?