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The Best and Worst Condiments

Summer barbecues and picnics often call for food that’s dipped and coated with extra condiments. Here are some of the best condiments to dress sandwiches and salads and others to stay away from.


The Good:

1. Salsa
A summer staple, veggie-packed salsa can often count as a full veggie serving at about a ¼ cup. It also is a good source of fiber and is higher in lycopene, an antioxidant that is associated with reducing the risk of cancer.

2. Mustard
Opt for a tangy homemade mustard dressing on salads and veggies this summer instead of jarred dressings like ranch. Use either Classic French’s mustard or Dijon to add an extra kick.

3. Sriracha and Hot Sauce
A triple threat, hot sauces like sriracha increase metabolism, decrease appetite and deliver a powerful punch of flavor.

4. Hummus
Hummus is delicious as is with a slice of pita bread, or as a spread for sandwiches and wraps. Change it up with different flavors that often come in plain, garlic, red bell pepper and more.

5. Guacamole
Avocados are known for their heart-healthy monosaturated fat, which keep you feeling full and avoid overeating. Though healthful, an avocado has its limits – no more than half of one is recommended per day.

The Bad:

1. Ketchup
Opt for our friend salsa instead of all the calories and sugar that regular ketchup brings.

2. Relish
Most people don’t realize that this little green hot dog topping is loaded with sugar – usually at four grams per tablespoon, to be exact. Instead, opt for pickles or sauerkraut.

3. BBQ & Steak Sauce
Zesty BBQ and steak sauces are usually loaded with extra sugars and sodium that are oh so unnecessary. Try seasoning the meat beforehand if you’re summer grilling and looking for more taste to your bite.

4. Soy & Teriyaki Sauce
Teriyaki is another condiment packed with sugar, high fructose corn syrup and salt. Try miso as a healthful alternative.

5. Sour Cream
Sour cream is known as an artery-clogger. Opt for plain Greek yogurt or regular hummus.

Source: Self Magazine

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