Where Should You Store Your Tomato Ketchup : The Definitive Guide

OK, so this isn’t an out and out article on where one should keep their tomato ketchup once they’ve got it home from the supermarket. Rather, this post aims to clear up the storm that London mayor Boris Johnson started when he declared how he liked to store his tomato ketchup in the cupboard instead of the fridge.

You might ask ‘does it even matter’, well according to Dr Lisa Ackerley (and Boris), it does…and here’s why. Since the rise in awareness surrounding the high quantities of sugar and salt in ketchup, Heinz have actively reduced the amounts in the product. This is a move in the right direction, but salt and sugar acts as a preservative meaning the lower amounts reduce the ketchups shelf life. So to conclude, tomato ketchup should be kept in the fridge from the moment it’s opened should you wish to keep bacterial levels low and preserve its shelf life.

If the label on a product prompts you to keep it refrigerated, then that’s exactly what you should do.


Source (or should I say ‘sauce’)

The Telegraph, (2014). The great ketchup debate: to fridge or not to fridge? Retrieved 7th August, 2014, from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/11018607/The-great-ketchup-debate-to-fridge-or-not-to-fridge.html

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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