Tomato ketchup’s side effects that might harm your kids’ health

Tomato ketchup or tomato sauce is loved by children when they have fast foods. However, parents need to the side effects that ketchup has on their children's health.

Hardly are foods like toast, bread, lettuce, French fries, fried chicken or burger served without tomato ketchup. It is simply because tomato ketchup is a perfect match for those foods, making their tastes more stimulating and delicious. 


Most of us think that tomato ketchup is harmless. However, the fact is, overusing this tasty sauce for a long time can cause certain health problems. Here are the reasons why parents are advised not to let their kids eat too much ketchup. 

Tomato ketchup containing high fructose corn syrup increases the risk of diabetes and obesity 


This is one of the health risks stemming from overusing tomato sauce. Most tomato ketchup contains High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), which is a factor leading to diabetes and obesity. Therefore, if you let your children consume to much ketchup, you are putting them in danger of getting those diseases as well as some other illnesses. 

Canned tomato sauce usually contains too much sugar 


Tomato ketchup contains about 25% sugar, which makes the sauce much more tasty, but under no circumstance do your kids need that much. The fact is, children have eaten enough sugar from other daily foods. Therefore, remember control the amount of canned tomato sauce that your children eat to prevent them from diseases like diabetes. 

Tomato sauce is high in sodium salts 

Ketchup often contains too much sodium salts, which negatively affects your children's health. A survey was conducted by an international team of Harvard School of Public Health and published in the New England Journal of Medicine implies that sodium salts are mostly consumed from pre-packaged and ready-to-eat foods such as lunch meats, fast food, frozen foods, dry foods, etc. Sodium salts are essential for living activities. But if you consume too much of them, they can cause cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure, stroke, etc. 


According to experts, your children have received enough sodium salts from other daily foods, so you should control the amount of tomato ketchup in your children's daily diet. Specifically, children under 6 months old is advised to have at least 1200 mg of salts/ day; children 6-11 months: 2000 mg/ day; 1 year old: 2205 mg/ day; children 2-5 years old: 3000 mg/ day; children 6-9 years old: 4000 mg/ day; over 10 years: 5000 mg/ day. 

Your child is prone to addiction to tomato ketchup 


Tomato ketchup is truly tasty, so it is easy for your children to be addicted to this kind of sauce. This leads to a higher risk for diseases mentioned above. Therefore, parents had better carefully control the amount of tomato ketchup in their kids’ diets.

By: Chris Stewart

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