Ketchup, also occasionally catsup, is a table sauce. It is a sweet and tangy sauce, typically made from tomatoes, vinegar, a sweetener and various seasonings and spices. Seasonings vary by recipe, but commonly include onions, allspice, cloves, cinnamon and garlic (Wikipedia, n.d.).

Allergy Alert:

Allergic reactions to ketchup occur because the immune system misreads the condiments’ proteins or other compounds as harmful organisms. It reacts by manufacturing immunoglobulin E antibodies to fight the compounds. The IgE antibodies trigger blood and mast cell release of histamines and other chemicals. Allergy symptoms follow the histamine release within a few minutes or hours after consumption. Mild reactions include hives, itching, nasal congestion and digestive distress. Severe symptoms include asthma and anaphylaxis, a life-threatening condition that may cause loss of consciousness. Anaphylaxis requires emergency medical treatment (Wolfe, 2013).

Common Uses:

Tomato ketchup is often used as a condiment with various dishes that are usually served hot, including chips/fries, hamburgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, eggs, and grilled or fried meat. Ketchup is sometimes used as a basis or ingredient for other sauces and dressings (Wikipedia, n.d.).

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per 1 tbsp (17 g)
Calories 19
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 154 mg 6%
Potassium 54 mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 4.5 g 1%
Dietary fiber 0.1 g 0%
Sugar 3.7 g
Protein 0.2 g 0%
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 0% Iron 0%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 0%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 0%

Source Wikipedia. (Note: This is not intended to be used, as it was copied and pasted from a Google search)


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