I recently featured the 8 healthiest condiments to keep in your fridge. Now it’s time to tackle the bad guys … the unhealthy condiments that have no business taking up precious space on your refrigerator door.
If you’re interested in giving your health a bit of a boost, simply swapping the following unhealthy condiments for the healthier versions listed here would be an excellent start …
6. Soy Sauce
Soy sauce is very high in sodium. Just two tablespoons has more than you should get in a day, and most people use more than two tablespoons. Many soy sauce brands also contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), a known “excitotoxin,” meaning it causes brain cells to fire so rapidly they burn themselves out within hours of exposure.
5. Honey Mustard
While regular mustard is a healthy option, honey mustard typically contains added sugar. While not as bad as some condiments (see BBQ sauce below), especially if you only use it in moderation, you’re better off swapping honey mustard for regular.
4. BBQ Sauce
Sugar is a main ingredient in most barbecue sauces, which can easily add 9 grams of sugar or more per serving, and even more if you like extra sauce.
3. Bottled Salad Dressing
Many people use ranch, Italian and other dressings as a dip for veggies, topping for sandwiches and much more. But bottled dressings, especially reduced-fat varieties, can contain up to 50 grams of sugar in a half-cup. Many also contain soybean oil (see below), MSG, artificial flavors and preservatives. Do your health a favor and make your own dressings at home using olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, buttermilk, and other spices.
You knew it was coming … but the primary reason why mayo is a no-no isn’t because it’s high in fat, per se, but rather because it’s high in pro-inflammatory omega-6 fats. This comes from the soybean oil that makes up most mayonnaise. Most Americans already consume far to many omega-6 fats from vegetable oils like soybean oil, and mayonnaise will only add to this.
1. Tartar Sauce
Most store-bought tartar sauce brands have a mayonnaise base (i.e. more soybean oil) plus added sugar and high fructose corn syrup. If you love tartar sauce, it’s possible to make your own healthier version (and your own home-made mayo) using egg yolks, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and seasonings (like pickles, onion, dill or capers).
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Written By: Updated: January 20,2014
10 thoughts on “The 6 Most Unhealthy Condiments in Your Refrigerator”
After 81 years, I am not giving up:
So if I live only another 19 years, so be it ! 🙂
The only thing that would be the hardest for me is the mayo. I don’t like any of the others, except maybe some bottled dressings. I am careful with those too and only get the ones that have the best ingredients. I should start making my own. What can I replace mayo with?
There are mayos made with olive oil.
There are, and I have yet to find one that tastes good at all. I guess it’s the poor quality of olive oil that they use, or maybe even that the oil goes rancid too quickly, but it is like eating bad tasting slime.
I will start making my own, and in small quantities. No storing it for ant real length of time.
i’m 7yr survivour Squamous Cell Carcinoma (throat cancer) metastasised to neck lymph/tonsils 18 cancerous x Pathology. Some teeth pulled to prevent “trauma” death of jawbone due reaction to Radio”therapy” which was discontinued in favour of continuing the Dr Johaana Budwig Protocol(90% cure claimed). 11/11/13 Surgeon pronounced me cured- then said “Not many make it as far as U Fred”. An indictment on our Health System. A gr8 group who saved my life 34yrs ago.
4 Food rules; 1/NO sugar Not any unless naturally sweet (not refined I add). 2/ No preservatives (Affects your digestion, from where your health comes.I add). 3/ No animal fats.(Forks Over Knives show sugar causes LDL cholesterol to explode & stick to walls of vascular system. Same 2 mature Cardiologists seen on DrOz). Your choice, God allowed us will over obedience.4/ No processed meat or Commercial sauces due preservative.
Your health is your resposibility. Good health to U. Fred
I do keep away from most of those things! I’ll add that I keep away from any milk, and most dairy. Very little cheese, and even yogurt only once in a while.
There were studies done in Spain which showed double incidences of prostate cancer in men who drink 2 or more glasses of milk daily. I used to drink a quart in practically 1 sip. Tests showed that my prostate was showing calcification. Since stopping milk, my prostate issues minimized.
I’ve seen photos of calcified heart valves. Not pretty!
And in sensitive children, milk can cause major psychological problems, as well as bed wetting.
And that’s real milk – no bovine growth hormones or other ‘goodies’ added, which present their own set of problems.The U.S. dairy industry is a major strong lobby, it seems.
I dont eat any of the above
Yuck neither do I.
I only ever make my own mayo and sauces. Try Julia Child’s “The Way to Cook”, or the much earlier “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” for excellent mayo recipes.
I live in the Liguria region of Italy, where the Romans first planted the olives now known as taggiasche olives. The town of Taggia is in the centre of this small area. The olives are relatively small and delicious. Their olive oil is very light with a delicious somewhat nutty flavour – much recommended if available. It has become a favourite of most of our non-Italian friends. It also makes a delicious mayonnaise!
Don’t know about you guys but I use these condiments in such small amounts and not that often that I hardly think it makes much of a difference.