BBQ Condiments to avoid on holidays, at the beach, and backyard parties are the ones we love and expect to see on the table.
I recently watched a chef making her own Ketchup. I was amazed at how easy it is, and how many different versions of it she added to her table.
Here are some tips to keep your meals healthy:
– BBQ Sauce & Ketchup are loaded with sugars and salt, causing the root of all disease: Inflammation.
High Fructose Corn Syrup (the leading cause of “fatty liver” in America) doesn’t require any digestion and is absorbed rapidly into your bloodstream, triggering a massive spike in your insulin levels. High Fructose Corn Syrup overworks your liver, coats your organs with fat, forces your body to store fat, and overworks your pancreas which leads to Diabetes.
Plus the 136 to 160 mg of salt per Tablespoon of both BBQ Sauce and Ketchup, and you have a combination that is not supporting your good health.
Here is a recipe for DIY Ketchup: Keep toxic chemicals out of your Ketchup by storing in Glass
Blend together in food processor or blender:
1 cup diced and drained fresh or BPA-Free canned tomatoes – make sure to drain your tomatoes so your Ketchup isn’t too thin. Tomato Sauce will also result in too thin Ketchup.
1 tsp raw apple cider vinegar – or other homemade vinegar you have flavored
1/8 tsp raw, unprocessed, mineral-rich salt like the Pink Salts or other flavored healthy salts
1/8 tsp organic paprika to give a nice color
Add pepper, garlic and other spices to taste
Add a healthy sweetener like Stevia or date sugar and sweeten to taste
Enjoy! Keeps about 1 week in the fridge.
– Mayonnaise, Mustard & Dry Rub, here’s the salt content: TBS Mustard = 171 mg salt; 1 TBS Mayonnaise = 90 mg salt; and 1 TBS Dry Rub Seasoning = 420 mg salt! And if you add salt to anything on your plate, well, you have gone over the safe limit.
A safe amount of Sodium is 1500 to 2300 milligrams per day! That’s about 1/2 to 1 Teaspoon total – remembering that a lot of processed foods have high quantities of sugar and salt in them already.
I believe we need good mineral rich salts in our diet every day. But excess Sodium can collect in your bloodstream where it can contribute to water retention and high blood pressure, forcing your heart to pump harder to move the blood through your body and adding to the discomfort and pain of arthritis.
– Peppers belong to a family of foods called Nightshades that contain a chemical called Solanine which can create stiff muscles and increase the inflammation and pain of arthritis.
Because these condiments are so common at every backyard party and barbecue, and they’re usually eaten together in the same meal, one on top of another, multiplying their toxic effects in your body. So, eat them in small amounts if at all, and make them yourself so you know what’s in them. You can substitute better ingredients, add spices, fresh garlic and ginger to give you additional enzymes to aid in good digestion, and minimize the harmful effects.
Eat Well, Bee Well, and Enjoy Sharing your DIY Condiments with Family & Friends!