Best and worst condiments for weight loss
Do you bathe certain foods in tomato sauce? Skip the butter, but top your baked potato with a large dollop of sour cream? Certain condiments are diet-sabotagers in disguise. Learning to identify these calorie-filled culprits and replacing them with less-fattening toppers for your salads and sandwiches could save you from excess fat and calories.
Here are the worst condiments from a calorie perspective.
Tomato sauce: One tablespoon of ketchup has a full teaspoon of sugar. Skip this one entirely if you’re watching your sugar intake.
Sour cream: This taco and baked potato-topper contains between 45-60 calories per tablespoon. To cut calories, go for guacamole (as long as it’s not made with mayo) or salsa instead. Salsa only contains between 10-20 calories per serving.
Mayo: This staple contains almost 200 calories and 20 grams of fat in just two tablespoons! To dress up your sandwich, use Dijon instead.
Jellies and Jams: Most spreads list sugar as their main ingredient instead of real fruit. Look for sugar-free alternatives at the store. You could also top your toast with mashed up blueberries or raspberries instead.
Creamy salad dressings: Thousand Island and Caesar are often hidden sources of mayo. Top your salads with red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar and a dash of heart-healthy extra-virgin olive oil instead.
Chip and vegetable dips: Most popular party dips are loaded with fat and calories. Replace the cheese, spinach dip and French onion dip with hummus. It’s high in fiber but low in calories.
Small changes such as substituting fattening condiments with healthier options are what the SlimStyles® Program is all about.