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11 September 2007 @ 11:24 pm
Nutritional information  
A certain friend doesn't eat a whole lot of vegetables doesn't seem to have any major nutritional deficiency, most notably scurvy, and it has been speculated that perhaps ketchup contains vitamin C.

While perusing Wikipedia today, I found that yes, if you can trust Wikipedia as a source, ketchup has plenty of vitamin C.


Here's to the condiment that encompasses bitterness, saltiness, savoriness, sourness, pungency, and sweetness!

Please note that ketchup often contains cloves as well.
Trust Me! O_O: cookie?lokiz_mom on September 12th, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
i think it was ronald regan (or perhaps one of the bushes) that said ketchup is a vegetable. i dont have time right now, but i could look it up when i get home.
ashi: arrrr!ashi on September 12th, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC)

In 1981, Congress ordered the United States Department of Agriculture to issue new standards for federally financed school lunch programs, which would enable schools to economize; one of the USDA's proposals was to classify ketchup as a vegetable. The suggestion was widely ridiculed and the proposal was killed.
Lauralorikitty on September 12th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
Niki: edthespatula on September 12th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
Another good source for nutrition stuff is http://www.nutritiondata.com/

Heinzs doesn't have clove, but some others do. particularly the asian brands steak sauces and the like usually have it too. I've run into that before, it's annoying.
Debbiecheesybunny on September 12th, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)
The Heinz package says there isn't vitamin C, but eh... I guess if you eat a LOT of ketchup, it adds up.

TJ also recently got some flintstones vitamins, which should help.
ashi: ai-khan!!!ashi on September 12th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
According to this site,
it provides 60% of your recommended daily allowance.
Per cup.

Still, probably enough to ward off scurvy.
TJcheeseboy on September 13th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
Per CUP!

I do consume a lot of ketchup .. I'm not sure how much on a daily basis though (although, when I look at how many ketchup packets I use in a day, it's a lot). I also keep a bottle of ketchup in the fridge in the minivan. :)
ashi: bunny!ashi on September 13th, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)
Yes, per cup, heh. Still, it is not an insignificant amount, even if you don't hit the recommended daily allowance on ketchup alone. That would be... 1 2/3 cups a day, lol.
Jilljill_mbs on September 13th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
Your diet is abnormal but a lot of people eat foods with low vitamin levels. It may be more varied than yours, but it doesn't make it any more nutritious than yours. I think that with your apparent Vitamin C from the ketchup and how much Vitamin D you get from the dairy products you consume, you're clearly much better off than you could be.
You do defy physics on the whole, though. I wish I could live off your diet. :)
Jilljill_mbs on September 13th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
That was directed at TJ. Interesting find though, Todd. I think about my avoiding carbs and dairy products because of the fat and/or sugar content. Not necessarily the best approach. And realized that I get very little vitamin D. Probably enough C, though I typically don't eat ketchup (because of the sugar).
Däch: pimpcupdach on September 14th, 2007 06:26 am (UTC)
In Japan, ketchup is made with pineapple vinegar, or so most of the bottle I found said (in katakana). I had to eat a lot of ketchup there on my last trip, because they have not yet discovered the miraculous fry dip known as ranch dressing.
(Anonymous) on September 23rd, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
Ketchup is loaded with sugar. I sure wouldn't look to this to have any nutritional value.

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ashi: arrrr!ashi on September 26th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Ketchup
Well, I certainly wasn't recommending it as the new health-food find, just trying to figure out if it might be the reason me friend didn't have a narsty case o' scurvy. :)
drideep_river on September 29th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
adri doest eat veggies