Barbecue sauce is one of the biggest condiment culprits. “This is probably the highest in sugar, carbohydrates, and sodium together out of the condiments,” Jalali says. “This should be enjoyed sometimes in moderation, but one tablespoon has around 1.5 teaspoons of sugar and seven percent of your daily allowance of sodium.” If you love BBQ and enjoy it on a regular basis, Jalali says it helps your health to definitely look into making your own sauce — otherwise, consume it in moderation and enjoy the small portion. The problem becomes when people rely on condiments every day or for multiple meals a day, Jalali says. “Your nutrition is not what you eat on one day, it’s really what you consistently eat, and that’s why it is so challenging for people to see the link between what they eat/how they feel because it takes consistent effort/choices to see results.” One hot dog with BBQ sauce isn’t going to make or break your health, she says, but don’t make it a necessary evil, either.
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