Added sugars are bad. High quantities of unhealthy fats are bad. Sodium can be detrimental to your health, and that’s a bad thing. These sins of unhealthiness are all forbidden by the healthy eating doctrine, a set of rules followed by many nutritionally conscious eaters around the world — so why are people still buying sauces that defy the common-sense rules of healthy eating?
It may come down to availability and convenience. There are so many prepackaged sauces and condiments to choose from that grocery stores have entire aisles dedicated to the stuff. Condiments are often influenced by trend (everyone remembers when sriracha was taking the world by spicy storm), and every person has her or his own favorite brand and variety of things like ketchup, BBQ sauce, and mustard. These mass-produced flavor-boosters, as noted earlier, often suffer from the inclusion of ingredients that go against standard healthy eating practice: Added sugars, preservatives, unhealthy fats, and sodium appear in abundance in the sauces.
Thus, it’s almost always better to make your own sauce than to buy it premade. If you want to learn how to make your own flavored butters, pancake syrup, ketchup, mayonnaise, or pesto, we’ve got you covered. The following list highlights seven unhealthy sauces and provides suggestions for how to either make the sauce healthier or how to make a comparable (but healthier) substitute. Click ahead to see 7 Sauces That Are Killing Your Diet — and 7 Healthy Homemade Substitutes That Won't.