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True Foods - Veggie Ketchup, 17oz

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Most people have a bottle of ketchup somewhere in the kitchen. And there’s a reason this red condiment is so popular: it’s absolutely delicious! Our range of vegan ketchup captures the very best of tomatoes.

We think organic ketchup is one of life’s simple pleasures. It’s one of those foods loved by kids and adults alike, and its many uses make it a store cupboard essential. Read on to find out more about this awesome condiment and buy the very best vegan ketchup from us!

What is ketchup actually made of?

The main ingredient in ketchup is tomato paste. Tomato paste is usually combined with vinegar, sugar, and salt. Each ketchup brand is made to its own unique recipe, and other flavors are often added. This might be spices, onion, garlic, lime juice, or peppers. Commons spices include cumin, coriander, allspice, cloves, and mustard seeds. Some are sweetened naturally with agave syrup, whereas others have coconut nectar sugar or cane sugar added.

For a detailed breakdown of ingredients in each of our ketchup, check the ingredients list on the items product page. Each of our vegan ketchup brands has its own special flavor - try them all and find your favorite!

The history of ketchup

Fun fact time! “Ketchup” has a long history dating back to imperial China. Back then it was made with meat by-products, soybeans, and fish entrails! Fortunately for us, in 1812 a tomato-based ketchup was invented in 1834. The tomato-based ketchup is what we typically mean when we refer to “ketchup” today. We are certainly glad we can now enjoy vegan ketchup to enhance our meals!

What was ketchup originally used for?

You probably don’t know this either, but tomato ketchup was originally invented as a medicine! In 1834, Dr. John Cook Bennett proposed to use tomato ketchup to cure a range of conditions. Eventually, he made his tomato ketchup in pill form, containing extract of tomato. Many copycats emerged and the tomato pill industry became competitive. However, many of them were cheaply made and did not even contain tomatoes! This situation led to the collapse of the ketchup medicine industry in 1850.

Before Dr. Bennett, Americans actually considered tomatoes to be poisonous! Whilst his ketchup medical business was eventually considered a scam, it still led to the appreciation of the nutritional properties of tomatoes. Whilst today we don’t prescribe ketchup as medicine, we do recognize the amazing health benefits that come with consuming tomatoes.

Studies have found that tomatoes have amazing antioxidant properties and it has been reported that tomatoes may have overall health-promoting effects. Although our organic ketchup brings you the magic flavor of tomatoes in a convenient form, there is no evidence that tomato ketchup has the same medicinal properties as fresh tomatoes.

Recipes using ketchup

Ketchup is a versatile condiment that can be used for dipping, spreading, cooking, and more. It’s likely you already use ketchup but you need to try our carefully selected range of vegan ketchup. You will really taste the difference. Here are some fun ideas for how to use ketchup:

  • Hot dogs and burgers are an obvious choice. In fact, we think tomato ketchup is essential on a vegan hot dog. Try our delicious recipe for Lentil Carrot and Veggie Hot Dogs and add a generous dose of ketchup and mustard. Ketchup is also awesome on pretty much any vegan burger!

  • You can actually use ketchup to make other sauces. Try adding a dollop to our General Tso’s Tofu recipe for extra flavor and color. Blend ketchup with soy sauce and sesame oil to make an awesome marinade for tofu. Combine with balsamic vinegar to make a sauce for roasted veggies.

  • Mix vegan meatballs into ketchup and Worcester sauce and eat with spaghetti for a quick and easy alternative to this Italian classic.

  • Mix ketchup with vegan mayonnaise, lemon juice, paprika, cayenne pepper, and black pepper for a vegan Marie Rose sauce. We love this over a crunchy salad or a vegan prawn cocktail.

Top ketchup brands to try

  • Annie’s Homegrown - Organic Ketchup

    Annie’s Organic Tomato Ketchup is another top classic ketchup. It's made from deliciously ripe tomatoes that are flavored with allspice, onion, and cloves. You won’t find any corn syrup here, only the best quality natural sugar. 
  • Hlthpunk - UFO Organic Burger Sauce

    Hlthpunk’s awesome burger sauce is 100% organic, with no added sugar. It could be described as a blend of creamy vegan mayo, hot dijon mustard,  juicy tomato ketchup, and a dash of spicy cayenne. It’s lip-smackingly good on so much more than burgers!
  • Fody Food Co - Ketchup

    Fody Food Co’s Ketchup is keeping things super simple and utterly natural. This is vegan ketchup that is low FODMAP and gut-friendly. A low FODMAP diet is designed to help manage the symptoms of IBS, but really it can help almost anyone maintain a healthy gut. What’s more, this simple vegan ketchup has only 20 calories per serving.
  • Sir Kensington’s Tomato Ketchup Classic

    Sir Kensington’s Tomato Ketchup is another top classic ketchup. It's made from deliciously ripe tomatoes grown under the Californian sun. You won’t find any corn syrup here, only the best quality natural sugar. It’s made from a tasty blend of beefeater tomatoes and sour tomatoes. 
  • Sir Kensington’s Tomato Ketchup Spicy Jalapeno Heat

    Sir Kensington’s Tomato Ketchup also comes in a not-so-classic variant. It's made from deliciously ripe tomatoes grown under the Californian sun and has added heat from spicy jalapenos and only the best quality natural sugar.

  • True Foods Veggie Ketchup

    True Foods Veggie Ketchup is made with a nutritious blend of vegetables. Tomatoes are combined with spinach, butternut squash, and carrots for a truly unique ketchup flavor. It has 50% less sugar than leading ketchup brands which makes it a great choice if you’re following a low-carb diet.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Can ketchup cause allergies?

On rare occasions, ketchup can cause an allergic reaction. Generally, this is connected to eating too much ketchup, but very few people are affected by this allergy. An allergy to ketchup is actually an allergy to tomatoes. Symptoms of tomato allergy can include nausea, vomiting, skin rash, and swelling of the face, mouth, tongue, and throat.

Again, an allergic reaction to ketchup is rare! If you are in any doubt, please consult a medical professional. It is possible to be tested for allergies if you think you have one.

What ketchup is sugar-free?

Most ketchup contains at least a small quantity of sugar. This is to balance out the acidity of the tomatoes and vinegar. Our range of the best ketchup and organic ketchup is carefully selected so as not to bring you any ketchup brands with excessive added sugar.

But if you don’t want to consume any sugar, you’re also in luck! We have a range of vegan ketchup brands that don’t add sugar. This includes True Foods Veggie Ketchup and Primal Kitchen Organic Unsweetened Ketchup. If you’re unsure whether a ketchup brand contains sugar, read the ingredients list on the product’s page.

Does ketchup affect cholesterol?

We can’t say for sure, but tomato products have actually been found to potentially reduce bad cholesterol. Researchers found that daily consumption of tomato juice or tomato ketchup may be linked to a reduction in bad cholesterol. So, if consumed in moderation, ketchup can be part of a healthy balanced diet. Organic ketchup is the best choice for supporting good health.

How long will ketchup last outside the fridge?

Ketchup that is not refrigerated will keep for around 1 month. Make sure the bottle is properly sealed. If you don’t think you’ll consume your bottle of ketchup that quickly, store it in the refrigerator. If refrigerated, ketchup can last for up to 1 year. You’ll know ketchup has gone bad if the bottle is leaking or bloated, it has a strange sour smell, it has mold, or it tastes bad.

Is ketchup healthy or unhealthy?

Well, this depends on what ketchup you buy! Many top-selling supermarket brands of ketchup are packed full of excess sugar, salt, and nasty artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. At PlantX we select only the best vegan ketchup and organic ketchup to make sure you get a dose of tomatoey goodness, without the bad stuff. Our vegan ketchup is low in calories and high in vitamins from tomatoes and other vegetables. We select vegan ketchup that has no added sugar, or a low amount of top-quality natural sugar. As with most things, ketchup should be enjoyed as part of a healthy, balanced diet. Please check the ingredients list on a product’s page for more information.

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