All you need to know about calorific condiments and their substitutes

Condiments, we can’t live without them. Those fries would taste so much better with a heaping of ketchup, but our waistlines would beg to differ. So which condiments should we maybe opt out of using for the sake of our poor arteries?

Mayonnaise

Mayo is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea and the slight acidic, eggy smell can prove grating for some, it happens to be incredibly calorific. Mayo is full of calories, salt, fat and low on nutrition. One tablespoon of mayo contains over 90 calories and it is a well-known fact that we use a lot more than a tablespoon when slathering it on some bread.

Switch it up and use some hummus, only 25 calories per tablespoon.

Ranch dressing

The problem with Ranch dressing is that it tastes so delicious. It’s tempting to drown an entire plate with the stuff and call it a day but it is another culprit guilty of carrying empty calories. Made of buttermilk and mayonnaise, a tablespoon contains over 70 calories. This might seem like better off than just plain mayo but an average serving of Ranch is 30 grams which carries 145 calories.

Use some mashed avocado instead, less than 20 calories per tablespoon.

BBQ Sauce

This sneaky sauce that gets spread over some nyama choma, on burgers, drizzled over some fries is high in calories and gets a low health score. Its sweet flavour gives away its basic ingredient which is sugar. Barbeque sauces are made up of molasses, corn syrup and salt which is not healthy in large doses. It contains 30 calories in one tablespoon and 65 calories in a serving.

It’s easy to make your own BBQ sauce at home with just some tomato sauce and spices.

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