How much sugar in ketchup vs donut? Three tablespoons of ketchup has as much sugar as a donut. At least, that’s what a recent Internet meme claims. The thing is, it might actually be true! Sort of, at least.
You would expect this kind of sugar from your Pumpkin Spice Latte. How is it even possible from plain old ketchup? A whole donut weighs so much more? The answer lies with the differences between sugar and calories. Yes, all sugar has calories. But not calories are in sugar.
A tablespoon of ketchup has 6 grams of sugar in it. Which means that 3 tablespoons of ketchup has about 18 grams of sugar. Why does ketchup have sugar in it at all? Because ketchup also has vinegar in it and the sugar cuts the sweetness.
A Krispy Kreme chocolate donut glazed donut with sprinkles? That also has sugar. But it also has carbohydrates that are no sugar. For a 3 ounce donut:
So, even a large donut can have more sugar than ketchup. You can easily imagine that a few grams of sugar here and there will do.
The meme is really a trick. What the meme doesn’t tell you is that it’s only counting simple sugar. It doesn’t include the extra calories from the complex carbohydrates. Basically all the flour in those donuts means even more calories from complex carbohydrates. Even though those complex carbohydrates will act just like sugar when your body digests them.
So it is true that, yes, a donut will have more total calories than some ketchup. But they actually have just about the same amount of sugar in them! Maybe you want to enjoy your secret donut habit. This is still important if you are trying to count your carbs.
Still, ketchup vs. donut? It’s surprising how many calories a simple condiment like ketchup can have hidden in it!