Condiments are a great way to jazz up a meal, but if you’re counting the calories, just one tablespoon of some of the less healthy products can make your fat consumption sky-rocket. Those harmless looking sauce bottles could be your diet downfall. Here are some of the worst condiments you can use in your cooking:
Most of us know that mayonnaise is bad for us, but even if you do avoid it, you may be inadvertently consuming this eggy gloop in chicken salads and sandwiches. For every calorie you consume, you’re putting 100% fat into your mouth, and one tablespoon of mayonnaise amounts to 100 calories.
If the title is in any way confusing, sour cream is just cream that has been fermented. When you load up your nachos with this, guacamole, cheese, and salsa, you might as well be dolloping full-fat cream on top of your Mexican food. It’s nowhere near as bad as mayonnaise, in terms of calorie count per tablespoon (30), but it’s one sure-fire way to bump up the fat content in any dish.
Ranch and Blue Cheese Dressing
If you apply ranch or blue cheese dressing to your salad, you may as well just throw your healthy lunch out of the window for all the dieting benefits it’ll give you. These dressings are made from a mixture of the worst condiment sins: sour cream, mayonnaise, cream, blue cheese…it’s no wonder two tablespoons amount to a whopping 150 calories!
Tip: watch out for salads. Although they’re marketed as healthy (and given a heavy price tag), more often than not you’re consuming a high quantity of calories. Pay attention to the dressings – that’s usually where the problem lies.
So red sauce isn’t particularly high in fats, but it’s certainly packed with ridiculous levels of sugar. Don’t kid yourself that this is a reasonably healthy addition to your fish and chips. “But it’s made out of tomatoes!” The tomatoes are just a sideshow to the massive sugar content. You might as well just sprinkle caster sugar onto your burger.
Just because Gran used to have it on her toast every morning, it doesn’t mean butter is even a little bit good for you. Mostly, people use margarine as a substitute these days, which has a fraction of the fat content. But if you’re still in love with the salty goldenness of proper butter, consider what you’re doing to your body.
Butter has 11 grams of fat per tablespoon, 33 mg of cholesterol, and 100 calories. With just two tablespoons, you’ve consumed more than one-third of your daily fat allowance.
The moral of the story isn’t ‘cut these evil condiments out of your life altogether,’ but control your portions and be mindful of what you’re consuming. A little of your favourite taste-boosting sauces won’t do you any harm, but wolfing them down in vast quantities can seriously affect your health.
This post has been contributed by Zoe, a health-conscious blogger from the UK. She has composed this post today for essential oil manufacturer Ungerer.