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When I think of condiments, I invariably think of ketchup. Ever since I was a child, I'v loved it on everything from hot dogs and hamburgers to scrambled eggs and french fries. And while several companies make ketchup, Heinz has been my one-and-only through the years. they've since added several "healthier" varieties; organic, low-sodium, and reduced-sugar. I decided to try the Heinz Organic variety to see if I would still be enamored by the taste and to see if there was a difference in the ingredients list.
I decided that French fries, ketchup's eternal life-mate, would be the best choice to try the red stuff on. I squeezed out a healthy amount next to my oven baked fries and dug in. Tomatoe-y goodness ensued, highlighted by a light tang and mild spiciness. It's not as thick or sticky as regular Heinz, but the taste is basically the same. I would say that the organic version is a little less "zingy"; it's like there's less vinegar which might be a make-or-break point for some.
A 1 tablespoon serving of Heinz Organic Ketchup provides 20 calories, 8% of the daily value for sodium and 4 grams of sugars. I do find it odd that the orgainc ketchup contains 5 more calories per serving, as well as 1 gram of extra carbohydrates than the regular version ... maybe some reformulation went on as well. The ingredients list includes, organic tomato concentrate from red ripe organic tomatoes, organic distilled vinegar, organic sugar, salt, organic onion powder, organic spice and natural flavoring.
So would I buy this again? Maybe. It wasn't too expensive as a 15 ounce bottle cost me $2.89 - although for that amount I could get a much larger bottle of regular Heinz. Plus Heinz has a brand called "Simply Heinz" which has no HFCS (not sure how much it costs though), but all Hunt's ketchup are now HFCS free.