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Sugar-Free Ketchup

Condiments are where added sugar is the sneakiest. They don't taste sweet, yet they are full of the sweet stuff. Store-bought brands of ketchup are a major offender in the area of added-sugar.

Added Sugar In Store-bought Ketchup

Here are the ingredients in Heinz Tomato Ketchup, including high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup:

Here are the ingredients in Simply Heinz Tomato Ketchup, including sugar:

Here are the ingredients in French's Tomato Ketchup, including sugar:

Store-bought REDUCED SUGAR Ketchup

Well, what about the sugar-free ketchup options that are already conveniently made and can just be bought? Well, we're sorry to burst your bubble, but those have sugar, too. Even worse, they contain artificial sugar, which many consider to be even worse than regular old sugar. If you aren't familiar with the many different names sugar goes by, we've compiled a post of the 94 Different Names of Sugar to make it a little easier.

Here are the ingredients in Heinz Reduced Sugar Tomato Ketchup, including sucralose:

If you are a lover of ketchup, we've come up with a recipe for sugar-free ketchup that tastes AMAZING and lasts for weeks in the refrigerator so you can make a big batch of it, throw it into a container, and use it whenever you want some extra flavor with your meal!

This recipe is paleo, Whole30 compliant, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and, of course, sugar-free!

Prep time: 10 mins
Total time: Overnight
Serves: 4-6


12 oz. tomato paste
4 tbsp apple cider vinegar (we use Bragg's)
1 tbsp Dijon mustard (double check the ingredients don't include white wine or added sugar!)
1/3 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/8 tsp ground cloves


  1. In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients together until well combined.
  2. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. Serve with anything and everything, especially our Gluten-Free Pigs-In-A-Blanket!
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