Excitement in the World of … Ketchup

14 May

I very rarely get excited or agitated about ketchup. I mean, it’s just ketchup, right? Hasn’t change much in the bajillion years since it was developed. The only time I get annoyed about ketchup is when my friend Roy gets up on his soap box about how unhealthy high fructose corn syrup (HFCS, and a main ingredient in ketchup) is. My aunt, who is a nurse, agrees.

And for the most part, they’re right. While there are conflicting studies about the health risks surrounding HFCS (even the Mayo Clinic won’t take a stance one way or the other!), more and more people are electing to avoid it if at all possible. It’s a main ingredient found in lots of different foods, including bread, which, I agree with Roy, is very odd indeed.

I read on a blog (sorry, can’t remember which one) about how organic ketchup is — obviously — free of HFCS. My theory on organic food is that if it were less expensive, more people would be inclined to eat it. This is a big reason why I’ve yet to buy a ticket on the All-Organic Express. So I decided to first check out my local grocery store to see if they sold any ketchup devoid of HFCS.

Imagine my delight when I came across a name-brand ketchup that has a new, non-HFCS formulation! I did a quick Google search of “high fructose corn syrup free ketchup” and it looks like this name brand’s competitor is following suit.

So of course I bought it, because fries and cheese curds just aren’t the same without ketchup.

Now, if only a store-brand version of non-HFCS ketchup would come along, I’d be an even happier girl.

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