You’ll Relish Our Insights on Condiments

Whether you call it ketchup or catsup, you call for the thick, red condiment often! In fact, ketchup is found in 97 out of every 100 American homes… and each of us eats about three bottles a year. Bet you didn’t know that four tablespoons of ketchup have the nutritional value of a whole ripe, medium tomato.

There’s something else you might not know: most popular brands of ketchup contain unwanted chemical additives. The same scary news fits many of our other beloved condiments like mustard and relish!

For that reason, your Brand Doctors have mounted a campaign to urge everyone to practice safe sauce! Don’t laugh. We think it’s important to make sure your condiments are providing you with the protection you need. Unfortunately, most best-known brands are packed with potentially harmful chemical additives.

If you are unwittingly choosing these Healthy Food Imposters, then you are not getting the proper protection. Rather than canning the condiments, make an educated effort to choose the brands that are chemical-free. It will get you one step closer to preventing chronic disease.

After all, our motto is change the brand, not the food!

Reality Check

Our Food Sleuths have the 411 on the big three condiments – ketchup, mustard and relish.

The Good News: Condiments can be nutritional powerhouses. Ketchup is loaded with cancer-fighting lycopene; mustard seeds contain plentiful amounts of healing phytonutrients; and relish is a probiotic that improves your immune system by restoring beneficial bacteria!

The Bad News: Most brand name condiments contain junk ingredients – these harmful additives often outweigh or negate the health benefits!

The Great News: When you’re armed with BrandAid’s Condiment Guidelines – and our BestBrands list of Safe Condiments – you’ll shop for only the best products!

But before we give you the good stuff, let’s take a quick look at some of the Healthy Food Imposters that’ll have you seeing red…yellow and green!

Healthy Food Imposters

Seeing is believing, so take a look at these well-known varieties.
NOTE: We’ve bolded the chemical additives so that you can easily spot them.


Hunt’s Ketchup

(Serving size 1 tbsp, 15 calories, 180mg sodium, 0g sugar)

Ingredients: Tomato Concentrate Made from Vine Ripened Tomatoes, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Distilled Vinegar, Corn Syrup, Salt, Onion Powder, Natural Flavors, Garlic Powder.


Grey Poupon Mustard Savory Honey

(Serving Size 1 tsp, 10 calories, 5mg sodium, 0g sugar)

Ingredients: Mustard Seed, Water, Apple Cider Vinegar, Vinegar, Brown Sugar, Honey, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Salt, Fruit Pectin, Citric Acid, Spice, Sugar, Turmeric, Caramel Color, Paprika.


Vlasic Relish Sweet

(serving size 1 tbsp, 15 calories, 140mg sodium, 4g sugar)

Ingredients: Cucumbers, Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Distilled Vinegar, Corn Syrup, Salt, Calcium Chloride, Spice, Xanthan Gum, Dehydrated Peppers, Alum, Natural Flavors, Polysorbate 80 And Yellow 5.

BrandAid’s Fab 4 Condiment Guidelines

The Big Three condiments are founded on all-natural ingredients like tomatoes, mustard seeds and pickles. When you see all kinds of chemical additives you can be certain these varieties have been highly processed. This means most of the nutrition has been replaced by cheap chemical taste-a-likes needed to boost flavor.

Read on for BrandAid’s Condiment Guidelines, and our BestBrands list of Safe Condiments.

  • Bypass the regular condiment aisle and go directly to the “healthy food” section of your local grocery store. This is where most of the BestBrands hang out. (Note: Mustard is the exception. You’ll find our BestBrands in both the regular and healthy food sections.)
  • Look for the all-natural organic varieties. They may cost a few more pennies but the health benefits make them priceless. Our kids are the major consumers of ketchup, mustard and relish; buying the healthier brands curbs their intake of food additives!
  • Avoid label claims like “reduced sugar,” “low sugar,” or “low carb!” These are often code words for added artificial sweeteners.
  • Always avoid the junk ingredients high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, yellow dye #5, polysorbate 80, and sucralose.


These varieties and brands have met the Brand Doctors’ standards for ingredients and taste. Plus, they pack a nutritional pun


Annie’s Naturals Ketchup, Organic
Countrys Delight Tomato Ketchup
Woodstock Farms Organics Tomato Ketchup
Muir Glen Organic Ketchup
Full Circle 100% Organic Tomato Ketchup


Maille Mustard Dijon Original
Grey Poupon Mustard Country Dijon
Grey Poupon Mustard Harvest Ground
Gulden’s Mustard Spicy Brown
Boar’s Head Delicatessen Style Mustard
Boar’s Head Honey Mustard All Natural Squeeze
Full Circle Organic Spicy Brown Mustard
Full Circle Organic Yellow Mustard
Woodstock Farms Organics Mustard Yellow
Mustard Girl Mustard Stoneground Deli All Natural
Mustard Girl Mustard Sweet n’ Fancy Yellow All Natural


Cascadian Farms Sweet Relish
Full Circle Organic Sweet Relish
Bubbie’s of San Francisco Pure Kosher Dill Pickle Relish

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Remember, when you’re armed with a little eBrandAid know-how, you’re in control at the grocery store.

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In Our Opinion: The information contained in the eBrandAid e-newsletters is strictly based on the opinions of the eBrand Doctors. We have created a set of guidelines that we believe will help shoppers to better understand and decode food labels on products found in most grocery stores. Our mission is to help shoppers find the healthier brands that have the least amount of chemicals and other junk ingredients.

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