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  • umm, if used in large amounts because of the high sodium level, but then again everything is bad in large enough amounts, but i think you shouldnt have to worry about ketchup that much
  • Tell you what! Get a lid or something, and fill it with ketchup, put an old coin, (a dirty one) in there, and leave it to soak overnight. then you will see why it is bad for you! ;)
  • Some brands have large amounts of sugar in, for some reason
  • Not in amounts eaten normally. As mentioned by the other, salt and sugar are the main issue here. Ketchup also contains lycopene though, a healthy anti-oxidant.
  • Sugary and salty and keeps you from really tasting the food. Okay here and there. Try some made with cane sugar rather than corn syrup.
  • Actually, tomato ketchup is good for you. It has cancer fighting elements called lycopene. This can also help fight against heart disease. But now they have found that the best source of lycopene is not in tomatoes, but in ketchup. The Cancer Research Foundation of America has found that cooked tomatoes, like those used to make ketchup, has as much as five times the amount of lycopene as fresh tomatoes. Lycopene is a nutual antioxicant that protects the heart by preventing the oxidation of LDL cholesterol (bad) in your arteries. Lycopene does not lessen the amount of cholesterol, but keeps it from causing damage. And the age old trick of putting an old penny in a cup of ketchup is the acid found in tomatoes. It will not hurt you unless, like anything, you gorge yourself on tomatoes day after day.
  • When ketchup does have its benefits and disadvantages. It tastes great and can clean anything copper, like a penny. But it contains extremely nutric acid, bad for the stomach.
  • This from a health show on Oprah http://www2.oprah.com/health/yourbody/slide/20060501/yourbody_20060501_350_208.jhtml Tomato sauce Dr. Oz recommends eating 10 tablespoons of tomato sauce per week. "Inside the tomato is a chemical called lycopene," says Dr. Oz. "This chemical has a wonderful effect—it's an antioxidant." Dr. Oz says there are added benefits from eating tomato sauce or paste as opposed to plain tomatoes. "A raw tomato is fine, too, but if you get a little fat with it—either with some nuts or a little olive oil and dressing—then it's perfect," says Dr. Oz. "It helps you absorb it better into your intestinal system."

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