Loving the BITE: 3-Minute BBQ Sauce and Condiment Information

Omega-6s are primarily found in plant oils, especially grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, vegetable oil, corn oil, canola oil, and soybean oil (high oleic sunflower, safflower and canola oils are okay with less omega-6s and more omega-9s).  They are also found in whole grains, whole grain products, and the meats of animals that are not grazed but fed grains.  These fats are widely used in the body and readily absorbed.  For the experts who have studied the effects of omega-6 to omega-3 ratio, over-consumptions of omega-6s seems to increase the risk of many diseases including heart attacks, thrombotic stroke, arrhythmia, arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, inflammation, mood disorders, obesity, and cancer (especially breast and prostate cancer).

High Fructose Corn Syrup: After diving into current animal studies and research, I for one am convinced that High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is an ingredient that does not belong in your diet.  Rats fed a HFCS diet, in one particular Princeton study, gained significantly more fat than counterpart rats fed a regular table sugar diet…the calories, nutrients, and activity being equal.  HFCS is a cheap, processed, broken-down sweetener that is quickly absorbed and used in our bodies.  Since we don’t have to do any “work” to break it down, it travels through our digestive pathways very quickly.  And, you guessed it, likely increases insulin reactions which increase fat storage and impede fat loss.

So, why is it okay to use store-bought ketchup?  Good question.  While many condiments are still cheaply made, consumer demand for simpler, more natural ingredients and products is making some headway. You can now find reasonably priced “natural” and organic ketchups made of only tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, salt, and spices.  And, when I find a good condiment, I’m okay with buying it.

When it comes to condiments, be choosey, or head to your kitchen.  Look for these specific junk ingredients and avoid them.  Many condiments can be made quickly and easily.  You’ll feel great eating “clean,” and without junk ingredient you don’t need.

Fuel your Ride.  Nourish your Body.


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