why does ketchup sting my mouth?

sometimes when i eat somethings with alot of ketchup it kinda stings my lips. why?????

10 Answers

  1. Tomatos are acidic and there is vinegar in catsup. However, you might want to take a look and see if you possibly have an allergic reaction or if your lips are dry and cracked. Plus, in the worst case scenario, your ketchup has overstayed its welcome and is now providing a dancefloor for some unwanted bacteria….e-coli?

  2. Ketchup (Catsup) contains vinegar which is an acidic liquid. There may be times when your lips are starting to get chapped and they have small cracks which intensify the effect of the vinegar. Tomato products also are very acidic. You may have a low tolerance for these type acids.

  3. Ketchup has vinegar in it. Tomatoes also have a certain type of naturally occurring acid in them. If you have a sore toungue or cuts in your mouth, it’s no surprise that ketchup stings your mouth.

    Imagine what pineapple, lemon, or an onion would do.

  4. Maybe you are sensitive to some ingredient in ketchup and it’s a slight allergic reaction. Or, if your lips are dry, the acid from the tomatoes and vinegar in ketchup may irritate you.

  5. it might be because your lips are chapped.

    my lips were chapped this past week and i think i ate french fries with ketchup or something, and my lips were kind of tingly. i think that’s probably why.

  6. tomatoes are highly acidic. Do you have any cold sores or cuts on or in your mouth? for example, if you have a tongue ring recently and you were to eat something acidic like lemon juice, it would surely burn..same difference with acidic products like tomato catsup.

  7. Maybe because you had a ketchup pie? Or is “ketchup” a term for something else- Are you eating vampire teabags?! ………… bleah!

  8. your’e probably allergic to tomatoes or the acid in tomatoes and usually it will sting your mouth.

  9. it’s because there is vinegar in it. in combination with salt on frenchfries, it stings the lips.

  10. Acidosis, you probably have acidosis; it doesn’t happen all the time but sometimes I get it too.

Relevant information

There are a set of people who slather ketchup on everything — basically from maggie to pizza, and even parathas. But it’s time to open our eyes, and know about the side-effects of consuming ketchup! Because remember, you can otherwise be in big trouble. 

Not just kids, but even other age groups are a part of the ketchup fan club. What they don’t realize is that it isn’t just about fresh tomatoes; there’s a lot that goes into it.

According to dietician, Priya Palan from Zen Multispeciality Hospital, ketchups neither contain protein nor fibre. In fact, they are packed with sugar, salt, spices, and fructose corn syrup. 

“Excessive consumption of foods with fructose corn syrups are related to increased risk of obesity, insulin resistance, high triglycerides and fatty liver diseases. One must watch out for sugar and sodium intake, read the ingredient list and nutrition facts well, before adding ketchup. That’s because it can cause clinical conditions such as high blood pressure and mineral imbalances,” warns Ms Palan. 

Processed and preserved foods have been associated with the risk of causing inflammation, so it’s best to think of everything before adding ketchup to your diet.

Dreading already? We’ve got more for you.

It’s time for some weight management. For that you need to give up ketchup! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Here are seven health issues that ketchup can lead to
1. Low nutrient density

A nutrient-dense food provides protective micronutrients and helps to build immunity. On the other hand, ketchup has low nutritional value, and does not contain protein and fibre.

2. Heart disease

Excessive consumption of foods with fructose corn syrup is related to high triglycerides and heart problems.

The key to good heart health is exercise and not ketchup. image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Obesity and Insulin resistance

High sugar content and fructose corn syrup can lead to obesity and insulin resistance.

4. Acidity and heartburn

“Tomato ketchup, being an acidic food, due to the presence of acids such as malic acid and citric acid can trigger acidity and heartburn. Thus, those who have digestive problems such as digestive stress or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) should avoid tomato ketchup,” suggests Ms Palan.

5. Joint problems

Processed and preserved foods have been associated with the risk of inflammation, which means you could end up with joint problems.

Eliminate the load off your joints by eliminating ketchup. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

6. Kidney issues

Processed and high sodium content foods increase the calcium in the urine, which may increase the chance of developing kidney stones.

7. Allergies

Tomatoes that are there in the ketchup are rich in histamines and can lead to allergic reactions such as sneezing, and even shortness of breath.

So, planning to catch up with ketchup or want to give it up?

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