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According to what we have to imagine was a very scientific ranking system devised by editors at the Huffington Post, BBQ sauce ranks #15 of the world’s 25 best condiments. Perhaps a combination of it’s characteristic viscosity, and it’s distinctive sweet, yet tangy flavor, it’s not often that BBQ sauce is brought up in the weight loss equation. In comparison to other condiments, it’s one that is rarely associated with dieting or healthy eating at all. In any event, Americans consume it (as reported by Statista, 9.95 million Americans used 4 or more bottles, cans or jars of Barbecue sauce in 2017!) so we’re here to talk about it.
Like many condiments, the main concern in BBQ sauce is sugar–it tacks on fast and adds up as the serving size is rather small. A few innocent dips of fan-favorite Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue sauce, for example, adds an extra 16g of sugar to whatever it is you’re flavoring, which in terms of your diet, that’s anything but sweet! That small serving size we mentioned? Just two Tablespoons! For 16g of sugar you can have an ENTIRE pint of Enlightened’s S’mores ice cream… In that case you might as well skip right up to dessert!
The question remains, can you eat barbecue sauce on a diet?
Thanks to good ol’ Annie’s, you can! The company, which is perhaps best known for their organic mac and cheese and adorable bunny rabbit mascot, also has some stellar condiments in their product offerings and their Original BBQ Sauce deserves a strong A++. Still as viscous and delicious, Annie’s Organic Original BBQ sauce manages to keep the sugar level low, at 5g per serving, which is a number we’re much more comfortable recommending. And with less sugar, the total carbs and overall caloric content comes down too–Annie’s sauce contains HALF the calories of Sweet Baby Ray’s original sauce, and 66% less carbs! Less sugar, but a much sweeter deal now, huh?! Aside from being certified organic, Annie’s BBQ sauce is also vegan, gluten-free, Non-GMO Project Verified, and contains no artificial flavors, synthetic colors or preservatives either. While we’re still not sure if it’s technically BBQ sauce or Barbecue sauce, we can tell you that Annie’s hands down is the better bet.
Into it but not sure when you’d use it? Check out this delicious recipe for BBQ Chicken Cauliflower Pizza.
THIS PRODUCT IS A STEP 1 FOOD.
TO JOURNAL THIS PRODUCT: Annie’s Naturals Organic Original BBQ Sauce – 6g carbohydrate, 0g fiber