Condiments in the Low-Carb Pantry

What to Keep, What to Toss, What to Buy

Shopping for Condiments
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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 – look especially for brands high in monounsaturated fat, rather than polyunsaturated fat e.g. avoid soy oil if possible
  • 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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