9 Popular Condiments That Make You Gain Weight


Trying to lose weight?   If you are, you need to look for those sneaky calories that catch up to you. It means being aware of the lightest and smallest additions to your food. It could also be the condiments!

In this Post, we’ll be talking about popular condiments that make you gain weight.   Did barbecue sauce make it to our list? Why do mayonnaise and tartar sauce make you fat?   What about teriyaki sauce? We’ll be talking about all of this AND more…

1. Barbecue Sauce

It breaks my heart to inform you that the sauce that makes your summer parties awesome is also guaranteed to make you fat. Just two tablespoons of BBQ sauce will give you anywhere from 45 to 70 calories on average.  

But where do these calories come from? They aren’t creamy, so definitely no fat. Right? Wrong. Barbecue sauce contains a high amount of sugar and salt. Both of which aren’t good for your weight or your health. 

Each serving gives you around 12 to 17 grams of sugar and 200 to 350 milligrams of sodium. High sugar makes you gain fat and high sodium promotes water retention in the body.

So, the combined effect is weight gain PLUS  bloating. Not the best feeling in the world. Sadly, even the top Heinz BBQ  sauce isn’t weight-friendly.   Just two tablespoons give you 70  calories and 18 grams of carbohydrates.


2. Mayonnaise

Who doesn’t love a delicious sandwich with lots of mayonnaise? Well, quite a few people. Mayo is pretty hit and miss. But regardless, you need to skip it if you’re watching your weight.

Fats and calories can quickly add up. And mayonnaise is the undisputed king of high-fat condiments. This combination of oil, egg yolk, and an acidic liquid medium has a high-calorie count.

Mayonnaise comes with several additives like sodium,  sugar, and pepper to increase the taste. But what makes mayonnaise unhealthy? Well, it’s made through a process called emulsification. The addition of oil makes mayonnaise fattening. And of course, the combo of sugar and sodium doesn’t do any good either.

In fact, most mayonnaise brands have a high amount of sodium. A spoonful of mayo gives you around  90 calories and 10 grams of fat. Now imagine preparing a coleslaw salad that requires adding a cup of mayonnaise. That’s almost more than 1000  calories and 150 grams of fat. You definitely cannot be eating mayonnaise if you want to lose weight. It’s a no-go zone!

And mind you low-fat versions are a tricky zone. They are believed to be less fattening but the truth lies in their composition. Is the fat replaced by starches? How much sugar and salt are in there? Read the labels thoroughly before making a  purchase. Not all mayonnaise is created equal.


3. Low fat salad dressings

Salads are great for you. Vitamins, minerals, and loads of fiber. You get all major nutrients from it. But most of us add dressing to improve the taste. And that’s where we’re wrong.  

Salad dressings are loaded with fat, and the low-fat versions ain’t much better. It’s way too easy to ruin a perfectly healthy salad by going with the wrong dressing. Choosing the light low-fat version of anything isn’t a great choice.

Because to make up for the lost fat, lots of sugar is added. The next time you’re at the store, take a look at the label. There are very high chances you will find high fructose corn syrup listed as the first or second ingredient. 

Sodium will follow up shortly. All because the taste somehow needs to be maintained.   Similarly, fat-free, creamy dressings contain lots of corn syrup. Not to mention Titanium dioxide. This is used to make foods appear whiter. 

Keep in mind, this has been considered relatively safe. But there have been studies that put it as Group 2B carcinogenic. That means it might cause cancer but needs more thorough research.

Experts also recommend people with colitis must avoid foods containing titanium dioxide. It can increase the risk of inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.


4. Pasta sauce

Who doesn’t love a good bowl once in a while? Pasta tastes delicious,   especially when you add the right sauce and lots of cheese. But unfortunately, the sauce that makes your pasta taste better and creamier is also the one to make you fat! Creamy sauces sneak into your food.

Whether it’s through your club sandwich or bowl of pasta. Pay attention to the amount of creamy sauce you’re adding. Because if you don’t, your total calorie count can easily go beyond 1000.

So should you stop eating pasta? Nope! Not at all. Instead, choose pasta with red or white wine sauces. Another way to eat it without bombing calories is to cook it yourself. Make it from scratch so you know what you’re adding. Eat your pasta with a side salad. 

Experts recommend eating veggies before you devour a starchy meal. This will lower your blood sugar levels after a while making you feel full. And here’s an interesting way to eat pasta without giving up on your weight loss goals. 

Eat it cold. The drop in temperature changes the chemical structure of pasta. It turns it into resistant starch that makes you feel more full.


5. Pancake syrup

We all love having pancakes topped with syrup for breakfast. It is comfort food that brightens up my entire day. But you might need to put a  hold on it if you’re trying to lose weight.

Whether it is maple syrup or some other store-bought pancake syrup, it’s going to be loaded with sugar. Again, we’re talking about high fructose. This delicious product is made with lots of corn syrup. It’s the main ingredient, along with caramel color and artificial flavors.

And pancakes themselves are made with refined flour. All of these ingredients make you fat and increase your insulin resistance. The result is several health risks like type 2  diabetes, liver issues, and digestive problems.


6. Tartar sauce

If you’re worried about putting on weight, tartar sauce needs to be avoided and quickly. Creamy tartar sauce is an amazing addition to fish. But it comes with a lot of gross calories.

This seafood condiment is made from mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, egg yolk, and other ingredients to enhance the taste. But the whooping calories keep on coming. One serving of 100 grams gives you 150 calories and 16 grams of fat. Eating just two tablespoons of tartar sauce can derail your calorie count for the day. 

And mind you, it’s difficult to stop at 2 tablespoons, given the delightful taste. In addition to all of this, tartar sauce also has high-fructose corn syrup. This makes everything worse. Sugar, plus fat, plus very high-calorie count! You do the math!


7. Teriyaki sauce

Do you know what helps beef, chicken, and salmon taste amazing? Well, they need to be cooked properly first. But second, teriyaki sauce!  Some people drop their entire diet just to have this delicious sauce with their favorite meat. 

That’s how costly this sauce is on your weight. But what about Teriyaki sauce that makes you gain weight? It’s made of brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, and spices. Garlic and pineapple juice are also added for taste. But a lot of commercially produced ones are jam-packed with high fructose corn syrup and sodium.

All of these give you way too much sugar, sodium, and calories. You will gain weight if you don’t watch your portions. Make sure you choose a “low-sodium” teriyaki sauce if you’re going to have it once in a while.


8. Ranch dressing

Serving a veggie platter? It’s almost always incomplete without ranch dressing. But the sheer amount of calories, sodium, and sugar can make you gain weight like no other condiment.

Remember a dressing is healthy as long as the ingredients that go into are as well. And unfortunately, this isn’t true for all ranch dressings. A serving of two tablespoons of ranch gives you anywhere from 9 and 14 grams of fat. I haven’t even mentioned all the sugar and sodium found in it.


9. Ketchup

Surprised to see ketchup on our list? Believe me, I was too. Then I read a  little more and it all made sense. Ketchup makes everything taste great. Whether it’s on fries, a burger, or a grilled sandwich, it’s been the staple condiment in our lives since we were pretty much in high chairs. But watch your portions.

You’re going to end up consuming empty calories. Tomato ketchup has zero nutritional value. It offers no fiber, protein, vitamins, or minerals.   But it is high in sodium and sugar.

Everything that makes you gain weight and feels bloated. I don’t know what’s more difficult. Losing weight or getting rid of constant bloating. Maybe you can start with addressing the bloating first? You’ll definitely feel lighter. Begin with first knowing what causes it and then make it stop.


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