Answer: Ketchup is generally not keto-friendly because it contains too many carbs.
Can you still enjoy America’s favorite condiment while staying keto? Tomatoes are acceptable on keto in moderation, so naturally ketchup should also be acceptable. Right?
Sadly, the answer is not that simple. A majority of manufacturers sweeten ketchup by adding sugar, which increases the number of carbs per serving. If you check the label on a bottle of regular ketchup, you’ll see that it contains 4 g of net carbs per tablespoon. This doesn’t sound like much, but most people eat more than a tablespoon of ketchup in one sitting.
If you can’t live without ketchup, you have a couple of options. Try a low sugar ketchup, many of which only have 1 g of net carbs per tablespoon. As described above, a tablespoon is not a lot of ketchup, so eat in moderation. The second option is to make your own ketchup with tomato paste, low carb sweetener, vinegar, and seasonings.
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