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Sugar-free ketchup

Does anybody make a ketchup without any sweeteners -- natural or artificial? Be nice if it also tasted good.



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  1. All the sugar free ketchup I have tried- tasted terrible to me. I have thrown entire bottles away. The Walden Farms is disgusting.
    I use the Heinz Reduced Sugar Ketchup. It is not *entirely* sugar free but -as close as you can get. It has only 1 carb per serving. It tastes just like Heinz regular ketchup.

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      1. re: sedimental

        I also use Heinz Sugar-free. I go through a lot of ketchup.. so I actually water-down Heinz Sugar-free to make it last longer especially since it is much more expensive than regular ketchup.

      2. I tried either Hunt's or Heinz sugar free and found it unsatisfactory.

        1. Even if it exists, it's not going to taste like ketchup. You could try doctoring up some tomato paste with other ingredients listed on the bottle (e.g. vinegar, salt, onion powder).

          1. I would prefer just having a High Fructose Corn Syrup free one :o Maybe I should try making ketchup with Palm Sugar :o

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            1. re: cacruden

              Any organic ketchup is HFCS-free (sugar sweetened).

              1. re: sciencediet

                Heinz has a "Simply Heinz" variety with just sugar.

            2. Sugar is one of the primary ingredients, without a sweetener it might taste like tomato paste. You may want to check out some recipes online but, most use a sugar substitute or agave.

              1. I too have been looking for a long time to have ketchup without ANY sweeteners that are either natural or artificial. There is no need for sweeteners within the ingredients as the tomatoes themselves and even the vinegar has their own natural sweetness. I guess that if I wanted sugar or sweetener substitutes on my fries and hamburgers, I could just spoon the sugar on it myself . . . but REALLY?!?!? That sounds pretty gross to me. Did ketchup used to have sweeteners in it in the old days of the 70's, 60's or before?

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                1. re: TronMaster

                  Make your own, and tell us if it tastes ok without any sugar


                  1. re: TronMaster

                    Yes, I think ketchup has traditionally had both acid and sugar in it. That doesn't mean that you can't make a tarter ketchup than commercial, though.

                    Vinegar wise - pure vinegar is a 5% solution of acetic acid, which is by definition the exact opposite of "natural sweetness". Balsamic vinegars do have a natural sweetness, but that's because they actually have sugar in them - balsamic vinegar is about 15% sugar by weight (from the grapes), while distilled or red wine are very close to 0.

                  2. Westbrae is my favorite. You can find it coops and health food stores. It is unsweetened. I find it especially good on Currywurst, which is just a frankfurter with the ketchup and a good curry powder.

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                    1. re: shoo bee doo

                      I googled Westbrae and see there are a number of versions. I stay with the simple unsweetened, organic version.

                      I also see that they sell it at Walmart if you do not have access to a coop or health food store.

                      This ketchup is really wonderful.

                    2. Considering ketchup is typically over 20% sugar (more than a Krispy Kreme donut) with the remaining being mostly water, what would be the point? Isn't ketchup really just thickened sugar water?

                      As a reference, Coke is only about 10% sugar. Tomato sauces are about 4%.

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                      1. re: Clams047

                        Where do you get that from? This is from Heinz's site.


                        1. re: ferret

                          Where did you get that from?

                          Heinz ketchup (Heinz site) - Tomato Concentrate from Red Ripe Tomatoes, Distilled Vinegar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Salt, Spice, Onion Powder, Natural Flavoring.

                          Note that high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup are listed separately so they are not denoted as the major ingredient. Also, 4 gm sugar / 17 gm serving = 23.5% sugar.

                          I did, however, overlook the vinegar. I stand corrected, ketchup is essentially thickened sugar (23.5%) and vinegar water. Asking for sugar-free ketchup would be like asking for a sugar free Krispy Kreme donut. Why?

                          1. re: Clams047

                            I got it from Simply Heinz, their non-HFCS brand. Tomato has naturally occurring sugar. For example, one tablespoon of tomato paste has 2g of naturally occurring sugar.

                            Calling it "sugar water" is a little extreme when the bulk of the product is, in fact, tomato.

                            1. re: ferret

                              Except tomatoes have only about 2.5% sugar content. It would take about 1000% tomato to get the 23% sugar content of Heinz ketchup. Corn syrup (sugar) has to be the primary component to get a product which has 23% sugar content. Even tomato paste is only 11% sugar.

                              Of course, sugar is sugar whether it's cane, corn or from the tomato. Heinz ketchup is 23% with primarily vinegar & water - tart sugar water.

                              1. re: Clams047

                                The tomato catsup recipe in Joy of Cooking (1960s) starts with 8 quarts of tomatoes, 8 onions, 3/4c sugar, 2c vinegar; ends up with 20 half pints.

                                Heinz 'reduced sugar', using sucralose lists 1g of carbs/sugars per serving.

                                1. re: Clams047

                                  It's not the primary component. The ingredients are listed in order of their prominence in the end product, so in the Simply Heinz ketchup there's more tomato than vinegar and more vinegar than sugar. It doesn't list percentages, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to determine that the product is primarily sourced from tomatoes.

                                  1. re: ferret

                                    Actually, water is the primary component - then total sugar (23% by weight).

                                    Guessing you also believe ketchup is a vegetable equivalent.

                                    Did you know gullible doesn't appear in any major dictionary or work check program?

                              2. re: Clams047

                                I have a bottle of organic Trader Joes, that lists only one kind of sugar. In the ingredients list it is right before the vinegar. Total sugars are 2g, 3g total for carbs.

                                I looked up some old recipes, and they all had about the same volume measures for sugar and vinegar.

                                The big variable is the naturally occurring sugars in the tomatoes. Current labels don't distinguish between those and added sugar.

                                All of the body or thickness comes from the tomato pulp, which presumably accounts for the other 1g of carbs, as well carb-free fiber.

                          2. http://www.ketchupworld.com/low-carb-...
                            Ketchup World lists 3 choices for reduced sugar

                            Heinz reduced with sucarlose

                            one that uses agave (pure fructose)

                            and 0 carb one with a lovely list of ingredients:
                            Triple filtered purified water, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, white distilled vinegar, cellulose gel, salt, maltodextrose, food starch, modified, onion powder, garlic powder, egg yolk, xanthan gum, propolene glycol alginate, natural flavorings, red cabbage coloring, sodium benzoate (to preserve freshness) and sucralose

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                            1. re: paulj

                              Mmmmm-mmmm. Cellulose gel!

                              I'm just gonna keep having my two tablespoons or so of real actual original sugar laden HFCS added Heinz about twice a month and pick my battles.....

                            2. Been looking for pasta sauce sans sugar. Very difficult search!