Unfortunately, one condiment that ranks worse than ketchup on the health scale is Sriracha sauce, Jalali says, mainly because it contains so much sugar. "The label lists the ingredients in teaspoons, but most people are eating closer to a tablespoon with their meals," she says. That means one tablespoon has about 3/4 teaspoon of sugar and 12 percent of your daily-suggested intake of sodium. Another problem comes up because people who enjoy Sriracha tend to eat it with many meals a day, and that adds up to a considerably high intake.
"I think spicy food can be very healthy for many people, but what is addictive about Sriracha is the sweet/salty/spicy mix it has," says Jalali. "The best alternative is to eat the real thing — using chili flakes or peppers or making your own." It's also worth noting that nutrition science posits that spicy foods made with peppers can actually be good for some people but not for others — so depending on your individual health profile, going for the extra zing can make or break your health.