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Here’s why you must throw that bottle of tomato ketchup away

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Be it your favourite French fries, burgers or even pizza, if there is one condiment that goes best with these snacks, it’s the delicious tomato ketchup that has a distinct taste with all flavours of tomato in it.

Believe it or not, but there are people who enjoy this condiment with every other snack like samosa, flat unleavened bread, and what not!


It is a great accompaniment for all fried foods and cannot be compared with any other sauces. But, do you know, consuming ketchup can also pose a lot of health issues?

Why tomato ketchup is dangerous?

According to experts, store-bought tomato ketchup is laced with several chemicals and preservatives, which are harmful in various ways. They are only used for enhancing the taste of ketchup. It contains high quantities of sugar, salt, fructose, preservatives and corn syrup. All of these ingredients when combined together have an adverse effect on the body.

Here are some of the reasons why you must avoid this delicious condiment.

1. Acid reflux

It’s a known fact that tomatoes are rich in citric and malic acid. When you consume too much of it, it can cause heartburn or acid reflux. These acids when go into the stomach add up to gastric acid used by the body to break down the food that you eat. Thus, it is advised for those who have gastric problems to not consume tomato ketchup or tomatoes.

2. Obesity

Tomato ketchup contains too much of sugar and preservatives, which can increase body fat that in turn increases obesity. You will be surprised to know that consuming too much of tomato ketchup can also reduce the insulin in the body.

3. Allergies

If you regularly consume tomato ketchup, it can cause several allergies in the body as it contains histamine. It can also cause vomiting and diarrhoea in a person depending on consumption.

4. Heart diseases

When you consume tomato ketchup on a regular basis, it adds fructose corn syrup in your body which is related to heart diseases and increases the triglycerides in the body.

5. Joint problems

Foods that have lots of preservatives are known to cause inflammation in the body which can cause problems in your joints.

6. Kidney stones

Consuming high sodium and processed foods increases the quantity of calcium in the body, which can increase the chances of developing kidney stones.