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conscious eating


be startling. Many prominently include processed corn syrup and other sugars, sodi- um, gluten, monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial flavors and unpronounceable pre- servatives, according to Dana Angelo White, a registered dietitian in Fairfield, Connecticut. Homemade versions of condiments


provide a happy alternative. Tey not only taste great, but can be good for us.


DIY Versions Add Zest and Nutrients by Judith Fertig


CRAZY-GOOD CONDIMENTS


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hile not essential to every dish or meal, condiments provide extra flavoring, final flourishes


and added enjoyment to any dish. Such meal accompaniments range from vinegars to spreads and sauces, finishing spice mixtures and natural salts. America’s previous king of condiments


was ketchup. Today, according to a 2017 poll from TeDailyMeal.com, it stands behind mayonnaise and mustard with soy and hot sauce rounding out the top five (generic product ranking at Tinyurl.com/Top20Condiments). We oſten take familiar condiments for granted, yet a look at their ingredients can


“Certain condiments add more to your meals than flavor—some actually improve your health,” says White. Te potassium in homemade mustard is good for the diges- tive system through stimulating the flow of saliva, suggests a study in the Indian Journal of Medical Research. Homemade ketchup made with small cooked tomatoes is rich in lycopene, a nutrient that protects heart health, according to research pub- lished in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. White’s fresh-made “THE Green Sauce,” full of vitamin-rich avocado and cilantro, is replete with antioxidants (Tinyurl.com/TeGreenSauceRecipe).


Better Basics Ketchup Heather McClees, a plant-based nu-


tritionist in South Carolina who blogs at One Green Planet, once loved commercial ketchup; then she read the labels. “Most ketchup is made of tomato concentrates, sugars, including high-fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, agave nectar, coconut nectar/


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