The 7 Best Summer Condiments

Don't top your summer fare with unhealthy ingredients. Use our recommendations to make healthier choices.

By Leah Zerbe


Top It Off Right

When it comes to summertime cooking, condiments are often just as important as the actual main course. What’s a hot dog without the right relish? A grilled burger with no ketchup? But unless you’re clued in to better brands, you could be smothering your fare in condiments tainted with mercury, harmful chemicals, or nasty ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup and fake food dyes. On top of that, the food industry’s go-to methods for cheap flavor enhancement might be good for the bottom line, but not our bodies. “By definition, condiments are designed to add flavor to foods,” explains Bruce Bradley, former food industry executive turned food advocate, and author of the upcoming thriller Fat Profits. “Unfortunately, the main way big food companies know how to add flavor is by using lots of salt, sugar, and fats.”

Ketchup is one of America's favorite toppings, but most brands are shockingly unhealthy.Ketchup
Ketchup can be healthy, although most store-bought options are anything but. Ketchup is adored in America, and that’s a good thing, because it’s loaded with lycopene, a tomato-derived nutrient that helps protect skin from sunburn. The bad news? Most food manufacturers load perfectly good ketchup with excess sugar, heart-harming high-fructose corn syrup, and salt. America’s top-selling ketchup tips the sodium scales at 190 milligrams a tablespoon, nearly 10 percent of the recommended daily allowance—that really adds up during grilling season!

Healthier solution: 
Organicville Ketchup, a healthier ketchup option with no added sugar and significantly lower sodium levels compared to other brands.

Or, try making your own "Better Than Ketchup" Tomato Chutney!

Read More: 13 Foods That Fight Sunburn 

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