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Condiments in the Low-Carb Pantry

What to Keep, What to Toss, What to Buy


Updated June 18, 2013

Many condiments are riddled with all forms of sugar. Before you start reading labels, get familiar with sugar's many disguises.


  • Mustard (except sweetened mustards, especially honey mustard)
  • Cider and wine vinegars
  • Olive oil and other oils
  • Most bottled hot sauces (such as Tabasco)
  • Most salsas
  • Soy sauce or tamari
  • Mayonnaise –0 look especially for brands high in monounsaturated fat (example: Saffola)
  • Sugar-free salad dressings, preferably brands high in monounsaturated fat, such as olive oil (check labels carefully)
  • Capers
  • Horseradish
  • Pesto
  • Herbs and spices (but watch for mixtures with added sugars)
  • Lemon or lime juice (1 gram of carb per tablespoon)
  • Extracts (vanilla, lemon, almond, etc.)
  • Broth or bouillon

Variable Carbs – Check Labels

  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Worcestershire sauce

To Buy

To Toss

  • Regular ketchup
  • Tomato-based chili sauce and cocktail sauce (unless sugar-free)
  • Salad dressings with sugar
  • Tartar sauce
  • Plum sauce, sweet and sour sauce, oyster sauce
  • Teriyaki sauce
  • Steak sauce (most)
  • Most sauces, including barbecue, have a lot of sugar –- check the label
  • Jams, jellies, preserves
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