Gastronomized: Heinz One Carb Ketchup

March 18, 2009

heinz-reduced-sugar2So sue me, I love ketchup.  When someone asks “do you want fries with that?”, they’re not really referring to a burger or a hot dog, they’re referring to the massive amounts of ketchup I dip the potato-y wonders in.  Not to say that there’s much of anything in ketchup, but when I saw Heinz One Carb Reduced Sugar Ketchup, I thought I’d give it a try.  Nutritionally, the only difference between this ketchup and Heinz’s regular ketchup is that this is 5 calories per tablespoon and 1g carbs, and regular is 15 calories and 4g carbs.  It also contains sucralose instead of high fructose corn syrup.   If you’re only eating a tablespoon or so, there’s really no difference.  If you’re like me and eat your meal with your ketchup, this is a potential carb and calorie saver.

So in true oxymoronic fashion, I brought a bottle to McDick’s with me, ordered some fries and sat down to do a taste test between the original Heinz and the One Carb Heinz.  Let me tell you, there’s nothing like sitting down to eat McDonald’s fries with a bottle of reduced-carb ketchup.  The verdict?  Not much of a difference!  One Carb Heinz is still nice and thick, and despite being slightly less sweet and a little more salty it essentially tastes just like the original stuff.  If you want to add the sweetness back in it’s an easy fix: just add a packet of Splenda or something similar and you’re set (which I tried.  It worked pretty well!).

The next test: I sat down with a massive plate of Hungry Girl’s Butternut Squash Fries and dug in.  In one sentence: Best Gastronomized Swap Ever.  Completely guilt-free in every aspect and I felt like I was eating fries with real ketchup!

Stars: 5/5

Nutrition Facts:  Serving Size: 1 tbsp.  5 Calories.  0g Fat.  0g Cholesterol.  190mg Sodium.  1g Carbohydrates.  0g Protein. 0 WW Points.

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Food-isms of the Day

March 18, 2009
  • Meat Madness! Vote for your favorite meat here, although I wish steaks had a category of their own.  And I’m thinking Ostrich is going down hard.
  • Not just nuked: in Italy, a Pizza vending machine that actually prepares and cooks your pizza!  Forget delivery, even forget DiGiorno; these babies are freshhhh.
  • And you thought the Wendy’s Baconator was unique!  Check out McDonald’s menu items from around the world.  Most unique invention goes to the McRice, although I’m digging the Prosperity Burger and the McAloo Tikki Burger.  And why do they not sell the Volcán de Chocolate in the US!?
  • George Clooney tofu?  PETA’s newest harebrained scheme in their attempt to convert the populus to a vegan lifestyle.  At least they chose someone attractive.  Seriously, could you imagine Michael Jackson tofu?  Jack-ofu!

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