Best and Worst Picks for Healthy Hot Sauce
If you live in Louisiana, it’s likely that hot sauce plays an important role in your kitchen pantry. From seafood to pizza or really anything else, this spicy condiment is an integral part of local cuisine. And with science linking eating spicy foods with longer living, that’s a good thing!
However, one detail you may not be aware of is that hot sauce can range in more than just heat. Some brands contain up to six times more sodium than others, as well as artificial colors. Below are the results of our recent investigation into the healthiest hot sauces and which ones to avoid.
Best picks for healthy hot sauce
- 35 milligrams sodium per teaspoon
- Ingredients: Distilled vinegar, red pepper, salt
- 45 milligrams sodium per teaspoon
- Ingredients: Water, apple cider vinegar, jalapeno pepper, golden beets, puya pepper, sea salt, flax seeds, garlic, chia seeds, black pepper, oregano, orange peel
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Decent picks for hot sauce
- 135 milligrams sodium per teaspoon
- Ingredients: Aged red cayenne peppers, distilled vinegar, salt
- 110 milligrams sodium per teaspoon
- Ingredients: Water, peppers (arbol and piquin), salt, vinegar, spices, xanthan gum
Worst picks for hot sauce
- 140 milligrams sodium per teaspoon
- Contains artificial food dyes
- Ingredients: Louisiana peppers, distilled vinegar, salt, guar, sodium alginate and xanthan gums, Yellow 6 and Red 40
- 190 milligrams sodium per teaspoon
- Ingredients: Aged red peppers, distilled vinegar, salt, natural flavor, garlic and xanthan gum
- 200 milligrams sodium per teaspoon
- Ingredients: Aged peppers, vinegar, salt
Editor’s note: Registered dietitian Molly Kimball offers brand-name products as a consumer guide; she does not solicit product samples nor is she paid to recommend items. A version of this article originally appeared on WGNO’s “FUELED Wellness with Molly.”