Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Ketchup is one of those items that most people don't think twice about. We just grab a bottle, likely the one on sale and go about our shopping. Ketchup is just ketchup, right? No, actually.

Most big brand and private label ketchup contain corn syrup. This ingredient is in so many products - too many. I don't find it necessary. Of course I'm not an expert but logic says if there are like products made without it then it can't be necessary. Also, I have to wonder why the big brands use it and why the more "natural" brands don't.

Now in regards to price, it varies. Annie's Naturals is around $4 compared to Heinz at under $3. But there are other options that fall within a reasonable price for ketchup. Whole Foods sells a great choice for under $3. I'm certain natural food stores in other areas also have options.

Next time you're in need of ketchup, spend a little time reading the labels and comparing the choices. You'll see some differences and be able to make the choice that's best for your family (and your budget of course!)

Heinz ketchup ingredients: Tomato concentrate made from red ripe tomatoes, distilled vinegar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, salt, spice, onion powder, and natural flavors.

Annie's Naturals ketchup ingredients: Water, tomato paste, sugar, distilled white vinegar, sea salt, onion powder, allspice, clove powder.

Medium Food Mama finding: Did you know Annie's Homegrown and Annie's Naturals are sister companies and marketed separately? At first glance, it seems Annie's Homegrown is the more "commercial" brand and offers lots of packaged items. Annie's Naturals is more salad dressings and condiments - pretty much how the company started.


  1. Wow, I never noticed that there were two Annie's! I'll have to look the next time I'm at the grocery store!

  2. I hadn't noticed either until doing research on some of their products. Annie's Naturals is marketed more from the perspective of Annie herself and Annie's Homegrown (same Annie) is marketed from a team perspective. That's my interpretation anyway! Thanks for reading :)

  3. It's crazy about the corn syrup {just like Syrup v.s real maple syrup}

  4. Yeah, don't get me started on "syrup." We never knew real maple syrup growing up... the real stuff is the only way to go BUT it costs a lot more, no surprise.