A Canadian woman living in America was stunned by what she found when she examined two Heinz ketchup bottles — one manufactured in the U.S. and one in Canada — and her findings are going viral.
This isn’t the first time that mysterious food ingredients have gone viral on the app. Recently, a concerned TikToker gained over 5.5 million views when he spotted a fishy ingredient warning on a bag of Great Value mini marshmallows in Walmart.
But Ray’s video is unique in that it compares the same exact brand — and seemingly the same exact product — with very different findings about the ingredients.
In the video — captioned, “6 months living in the states and the food is honestly making me sick — Ray compares two bottles of ketchup, one she bought in the U.S. and one she bought in Canada on a recent trip back home. Each bottle lists the same ingredients as those on the Heinz U.S. and Heinz Canada websites:
Heinz Tomato Ketchup (America): Tomato concentrate from red ripe tomatoes, distilled vinegar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, salt, spice, onion powder, natural flavoring.
Heinz Tomato Ketchup (Canada): Tomato paste (from fresh, ripe tomatoes), sugar, vinegar, salt spices.
While both countries produce organic, no/lower sodium, and no/lower sugar varieties, only Heinz U.S. produces a variety called Simply Tomato Ketchup — whose ingredient list still looks quite different from the standard Canadian variety of Heinz Tomato Ketchup:
Simply Tomato Ketchup: Tomato concentrate from red ripe tomatoes, distilled vinegar, cane sugar, salt, onion powder, spice, natural flavoring [or] tomato concentrate made from red ripe tomatoes, distilled vinegar, sugar, salt, onion powder, spice, natural flavoring.
Ray’s TikTok isn’t the only one to compare ingredients found in American foods versus other countries. Last year, @foodinsider broke down the differences between McDonald’s fries made in the U.K. and those made in the U.S.
World Famous Fries (America): potatoes, vegetable oil (canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, natural beef flavor [wheat and milk derivatives]*), dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (maintain color), salt. *natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients.
McDonald’s Fries (U.K.): potatoes, non-hydrogenated vegetable oils (rapeseed), dextrose (predominantly added at beginning of the potato season).
“They don’t care if we’re healthy”
Over 5,600 TikTokers took to Ray’s comment section to express their shock at her findings.
“Is there a way to order groceries from another country? Cause this is insane,” wrote @hollyeekitty.
“They don’t care if we’re healthy. They care about making money,” commented @lisamariemahan.
“You can buy ‘cleaner’ ketchup in America, but it costs more $,” wrote @iamsam0616.
With more TikTokers using the app to compare international ingredients, it’s likely there are still many more shocking discoveries to come.
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