Condiments Serve as a Special Accent to Most Meals, but are There any Condiments You Can Have on the Whole30 Program?
The Short Answer:
Most market-purchased condiments are not allowed on Whole30 due to the presence of artificial sweeteners. However, most yellow mustard, hot sauce and vinegar are allowed.
The Long Answer:
True foodies tend to scoff at my love of condiments. I find they add that extra special something to most meals. But when I took on the Whole30 program, I was forced to examine every condiment in my refrigerator to see what I could and could not have.
Unfortunately, most store-bought condiments contain high fructose corn syrup and are thus ineligible for Whole30. Ketchup, in particular, is one that you’ll have to give up. Even the low sugar and organic alternatives tend to contain some form of sweetener.
Mayonnaise and barbecue sauce from the store are also out. However, you can find a number of easy to make Whole30 recipes that make outstanding substitutes. There are forms of organic mayo you can buy that are Whole30 compliant, but it’s cheaper and more fulfilling to make it yourself.
Store-bought yellow mustard, hot sauce and vinegar are normally free of all sweeteners and are thus fair game on Whole30. Not all condiments are created equal though, so it’s important to continue checking your labels.
What is Whole30?
The Whole30 Program is a short-term body reset lasting 30 days, which refocuses individuals on whole foods and forces them to really think about what they are eating.
On Whole30, participants have:
- No added sugar or artificial sweeteners
- No legumes
- No dairy
- No grains
- No alcohol
The goal of Whole30 is not weight loss, (though substantial weight loss might still occur) so I am loathe to refer to it as a “diet.” Instead, Whole30 is a lifestyle shift that encourages healthy eating practices.