For individuals, does knowing about food condiments nutritional values help with overall health?
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Condiment options go beyond the standard mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard. Today there are various options to use as toppers, to marinate, tenderize, increase flavor, and add an appeal to the dish. Most condiments don’t provide much nutrition, but some do contain healthy ingredients like herbs, spices, heart-healthy fats, and antioxidants.
The food condiments that are made the healthiest are those that are low in calories and unhealthy fat and they are made with less or no processed additives and quality ingredients that provide health benefits.
Unhealthy food condiments are high in calories, sodium, fat, and/or sugar in a single serving.
Regardless of the healthy or non-healthy food condiments, it is recommended not to drown the food in them and stick to the recommended serving sizes.
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Caesar dressing. FoodData Central. U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Vinaigrette. FoodData Central. U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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Sour cream, regular. FoodData Central. U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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