These two very similar products from the same maker, Heinz, are a great example of why a little bit of one-time analysis can pay off forever.
In my review of Heinz’s Tangy Tomato Pickle, I confessed that I’m a fan now — it’s basically a grown up ketchup. (But I’m such a ketchup fan that I’d never turn up my nose at regular ketchups, either.)
The Tomato Pickle is thicker, chunkier, a bit tangier and a bit less sweet. More of the tomato taste comes through. The ketchup with its thinner texture is better for a big swirl of red all over your French fries, or as a puddle to dip the corner of your grilled cheese sandwich into. Both, however, can be used interchangeably as far as taste and purpose goes.
If we look at it healthwise though, another aspect to the picture comes through.
(1) The first aspect is the sodium. The Low Sodium Ketchup just can’t compete with the Tomato Pickle, which has only trace amounts of sodium that don’t even register.
(2) Secondly, we’ll analyse it through Weight Watcher points.1 And guess what? The Low Sodium ketchup comes out more fattening: it’s 5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus® for 1/2 cup (125 ml) of it, and only 3 points for 1/2 cup (125 ml) of the Tomato Pickle.
The Tangy Tomato Pickle is the smarter buy healthwise. And if you’re a ketchup fan, I’ll be you’ll love the taste, too.
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Heinz Low Sodium Ketchup Nutrition
Heinz Tangy Tomato Pickle Nutrition
* PointsPlus™ calculated by PracticallyEdible.com. Not endorsed by Weight Watchers® International, Inc, which is the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.
Weight Watcher’s envied and respected point system is a great analysis tool, because it examines every possible way in which a food could be fattening while taking into account mitigating factors such as fibre, etc. ↩