Most hot sauces contain simple ingredients: Peppers, salt, vinegar, and water. Keep a close eye on the sodium content, though. Many popular brands contain upwards of 200 milligrams of salt per teaspoon—2 servings of that and you’ll already have hit 17 percent of your daily recommended intake.
Use hot sauce sparingly, and look for brands that offer other health benefits, too. Try Benito’s Habanero Infused Maple Syrup hot sauce for a unique sweet-heat kick for your steamed squash, or as a glaze on ribs, pork chops, chicken, or beef. It’s made with the purest Vermont Grade B maple syrup, a natural sweetener that contains anti-inflammatory compounds that can protect the heart, fight cancer, and ward off type 2 diabetes.
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