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Consuming Too Much Ketchup Can Cause You These Side Effects, Dietitian Says

If ketchup is your favourite accompaniment, you are in for big trouble. Turns out, eating ketchup can have multiple side-effects which can go from weight gain, acidity, to a great deal MORE.




There are a set of humans who slather ketchup on everything — basically from maggie to pizza, and even parathas. But it’s time to open our eyes, and understand about the side-effects of consuming ketchup! Because remember, you can otherwise be in huge trouble.

Not just kids, but even different age groups are a section of the ketchup fan club. What they don’t recognize is that it isn’t just about fresh tomatoes; there’s a lot that goes into it.


According to dietician, Priya Palan from Zen Multispeciality Hospital, ketchups neither include protein nor fibre. In fact, they are packed with sugar, salt, spices, and fructose corn syrup.


“Excessive consumption of foods with fructose corn syrups are related to improved threat of obesity, insulin resistance, high triglycerides and fatty liver diseases. One ought to watch out for sugar and sodium intake, read the ingredient list and nutrition facts well, before including ketchup. That’s because it can purpose clinical conditions such as high blood stress and mineral imbalances,” warns Ms Palan.


1. LOW NUTRIENT DENSITY

A nutrient-dense food presents protective micronutrients and helps to build immunity. On the other hand, ketchup has low nutritional value, and does not incorporate protein and fibre.


2. HEART DISEASE

Excessive consumption of foods with fructose corn syrup is related to high triglycerides and heart problems.


3. OBESITY AND INSULIN RESISTANCE

High sugar content and fructose corn syrup can lead to obesity and insulin resistance.


4. ACIDITY AND HEARTBURN

“Tomato ketchup, being an acidic food, due to the presence of acids such as malic acid and citric acid can set off acidity and heartburn. Thus, those who have digestive problems such as digestive stress or gastroesophageal reflux ailment (GERD) have to avoid tomato ketchup,” suggests Ms Palan.


5. JOINT PROBLEMS

Processed and preserved meals have been related with the risk of inflammation, which means you could quit up with joint problems.


6. KIDNEY ISSUES

Processed and high sodium content foods amplify the calcium in the urine, which may extend the risk of developing kidney stones.


7. ALLERGIES

Tomatoes that are there in the ketchup are rich in histamines and can lead to allergic reactions such as sneezing, and even shortness of breath.


Originally published: Hindustan Times

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