The bad news is that you don't eat all of your ketchup at home.
There are two national brands — Heinz and Hunt's — that make ketchup with no high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). You do have to look for Simply Heinz as regular Heinz still has the dreaded ingredient.
Hunt's splashes its news across the front of the label.
You can also buy Heinz Organic Ketchup with no HFCS, and there are lesser known brands that specialize in organic ketchups that no HFCS.
If you are out in a restaurant, you're going to get ketchup with high-fructose corn syrup, almost without exception. There are establishments with menus that lend themselves to having a ketchup made with sugar and not high-fructose corn syrup.
I have even seen places that specialize in well-grown meat and good policies on frying French fries that still bring out ketchup with HFCS.
This is, of course, in places where you can see what ketchup brand you are using, complete with ingredients. If your ketchup bottle is solid red with no brand, chances are you're getting ketchup with HFCS.
In my trips to Canada, one of the joys is having ketchup on the table free of HFCS. We are starting to see glucose-fructose sneak prominently into products. But Heinz regular ketchup in Canada is still made with liquid sugar.
I confess that I have brought Canadian ketchup and otherwise sugar-made ketchup into settings where I wanted a better tasting ketchup. You don't want to nor can you do this all the time. There has to be an easier way.
Restaurants need to be encouraged to go for HFCS-free ketchups, and not just on the table. After all, the ketchup with HFCS that use in the kitchen still counts.
I recall Michael Pollan writing about the number of items at McDonald's that contain high-fructose corn syrup. The ketchup you get off the counter is the same as the ketchup behind the counter, with high-fructose corn syrup.
The process may seem slow to reduce the amount of high-fructose corn syrup that we inadvertently or mindlessly consume in our daily lives. But the presence of high-fructose corn syrup has taken about 30 years to infiltrate our food supply.
The battle rages on — one ketchup bottle at a time.
pictures taken by me