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Josh Bezoni Complaints: Condiments That Cause Fat

By Coach Josh Under Josh Bezoni Complaints: The Obesity Conspiracy Exposed, Nutrition Tips, Weight Loss Tips

In this special article series titled Josh Bezoni Complaints: The Obesity Conspiracy Exposed, I explore one of the most frequently asked questions that I receive from my valued subscribers, “Coach Josh, what are some of your biggest complaints about the weight loss industry?”In my book, the 7-Day Belly Blast Diet, I expose the shady food manufacturers and corporate machines that have created the unnatural “Franken foods” that are addicting us and our children.

It’s important for you to know right now that some food additives are making you fat in three different ways:

1. Two of these obesity additives interfere with a hormone called leptin that tells the brain we are full while eating.

2. Other obesity additives add fat by changing how our bodies use the calories we eat. They do this by increasing a fat-storing hormone called insulin. When this happens, calories are converted to fat instead of being stored as “muscle energy.” This leads to fat deposits in all of our trouble areas—like under the chin, the backs of the arms, the belly, and the lower body.

3. Still other obesity additives actually make us addicted to them and cause us to eat uncontrollably. They do this by altering brain chemicals called neurotransmitters—just like a highly addictive drug does.

Therefore, here are the top 7 additives that I recommend removing from your diet as much as you can:

1. Stripped Carbohydrates (listed as sugar, flour, enriched white flour, white flour, enriched bleached flour, enriched wheat flour, wheat flour, semolina flour, white rice, maltodextrin, glucose, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), fructose, sucrose, dextrose, and levulose)

2. Artificial Sweeteners (listed as NutraSweet (aspartame), Sunette (acesulfame K), and Sweet ‘N Low (saccharin)

3. Added Caffeine in soft drinks and energy drinks (a few cups of green tea or coffee each day are fine)

4. Trans Fats (also listed as partially hydrogenated oils)

5. MSG (also labeled as monosodium glutamate)

6. Excess Alcohol (if you must, one to two drinks per week)

7. Excess Salt/Sodium in chips, crackers, canned food items, pickles, various cheeses, pretzels, condiments, and salted nuts.

In this article, I go through the aisles of the grocery store and show you good and bad choices for some of today’s most popular condiments.

Now, Let’s Go Grocery Shopping!

bad condiments

These condiments are great choices if you want a beer belly. Kroger and Lawry’s Marinades contain high fructose corn syrup as does Hunt’s Tomato Ketchup (so does the original Heinz 57). Kraft’s Light Asian Toasted Sesame Reduced Fat Dressing and their Thick N Spicy Barbecue Sauce also contain MSG and Hidden Valley’s Ranch Dressing also contains a hefty dose of MSG.

better condiments

Heinz Organic Tomato Ketchup is a great choice over the original because it doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup. When it comes to barbecue sauce, make sure you choose a flavor or a version or a brand that doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup or MSG in it. Curley’s Famous Hot and Spicy Barbecue Sauce is a great example. When it comes to salad dressings, make sure you choose a low sugar version that doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup. Newman’s Own has a lot of salad dressings that fit the bill. You can also always use olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette as a great choice for dressing salads.

soy sauces

Kikkoman’s Natural Soy Sauce contains a whopping 920 mg per tablespoon of sodium compared to their less sodium version which has 575 mg, close to half.

pasta sauces

Prego’s Italian Sauce Traditional has 10 g of sugar per half cup while Lucini’s Hearty Artichoke Tomato Sauce has only 230 mg of sodium and less than 1 gram of sugar.

2 brands taco seasoning

This photo shows Old El Paso Taco Seasoning on the left which contains hydrogenated oils (avoid). On the right is McCormick’s Original Taco Seasoning which doesn’t.

taco seasoning

When it comes to the obesity additive sodium (salt), making better choices like choosing the low sodium versions of certain foods is a great idea. For example, McCormick Original Taco Seasoning has 430 mg of sodium while the reduced sodium version has only 300 mg. I bet you can’t tell the difference when you eat it.


Miracle Whip fat-free dressing contains high fructose corn syrup as its second ingredient while Whole Foods 365 Light mayonnaise contains no high fructose corn syrup. Look for mayonnaise that uses olive oil instead of canola oil, too.

peanut butter and jelly

Instead of going with the Reduced Fat (or regular) Jif Peanut Butter that’s full of hydrogenated oil and corn syrup solids, go with Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter that contains two simple ingredients, peanuts and salt. What’s more, instead of buying Welch’s Concord Grape Jelly which has 13 g of sugar per tablespoon, you can choose Welch’s Reduced Sugar Concord Grape Jelly which has just 5 g of sugar and no artificial flavors or sweeteners.

pantry items

This photo shows an example of household products that have hidden obesity additives in them. For example, the Pillsbury moist supreme classic yellow premium cake mix has hydrogenated oil, while Kraft oven-fried extra crispy chicken mix has MSG, and Knorr vegetable recipe mix also has hydrogenated oil.

If I get 100 comments I’ll be back tomorrow with even more insider information on foods that cause belly fat! Post your comment or question below…

Best to you!
coach joshCoach Josh


163 Comments Add yours

  1. Nannette
    8:55 AM #comment-1

    I enjoy your e-mails and info. Have lost 30 lbs in the last year. But don’t know how to caculate BF. Would like to loose 10 lbs more, aiming for 120. Know that’s a lot for my height, 4′ 10″, but at 71, don’t want to get too thin. I make all my own soups from scratch with almost no additives except for sea salt or dried spices. Only canned goods I use are tomatoes, and beans, whether they are white, kidney, garbanzo, etc. Use only fresh veges. When I go to the store, I take with me the recipes so I don’t forget anything and only buy what I need for those. Recently, because of upcoming surgery,I made 12 different kinds of soups for my freezer and had enough to get me through the recovery period. God Bless you for all you do. Thanks

  2. ceervee
    9:25 AM #comment-2

    Awesome, can you post more, this is great information.

  3. conny
    9:30 AM #comment-3

    I am going to make a list of these foods so I’ll know what to buy the next time I go to the grocery store. This article was very helpful. I like knowing what the substitutes are. Thank you.

  4. Cindy
    10:28 AM #comment-4

    Great Article, thank you so much for going beyond just telling us what not to eat and actually recommending alternatives! Hugely helpful for me and my family. Keep up the great coaching!

  5. Theresa
    11:44 AM #comment-5

    I have lost 14 lbs am 77 yrs old and I like to know the differences that you show.
    Please add more for us to read.
    I do all my own cooking but it is still very difficult to lose the weight.
    Thanks again for all your help.
    Terry H

  6. Carol
    12:26 PM #comment-6

    Being an old fashioned girl and taught from an early age to make meals from scratch it amazes me to see so many ready made flavourings and sauces used as a regular ingredient of meals. If you use organic whole fresh vegetables, spice, herbs, oils, fats etc you eliminate these ‘hidden’ ingredients. Get shopping, get healthy.

  7. Joan B.
    12:59 PM #comment-7

    It’s extremely helpful to know which products to buy and what others to avoid, and the reasons are explained very clearly also.
    Many thanks!

  8. Lianne
    1:46 PM #comment-8

    Thank you for your lists of the “good” and the “bad” foods, condiments etc. I find it very helpful. Please continue with these posts.

  9. Carina
    2:24 PM #comment-9

    I read in many health articles that agave syrup & sucralose are bad for our health. What’s your comment on these two? How about maltose & erythritol?

  10. mike
    3:03 PM #comment-10


  11. Beverly Wood
    4:14 PM #comment-11

    What about Best Foods Lite Mayo?
    Milk 1 or 2% and amt?
    Any kind of cheese and amt?
    “Steamers” veggies by Byrdseye?

    It appears that the only liquid to drink is water and a coupld of cups of black coffee per day?

    We are still waiting for our books.

    Thank you,
    B Wood

  12. Rodrigo
    5:21 PM #comment-12

    Hi Coach!

    Please continue with these posts!!

  13. JOANNE
    6:55 PM #comment-13


  14. Colette
    8:28 PM #comment-14

    I have hypothyroid. It makes it harder to loose the weight. I am also trying to control my blood sugar. Reading the ingredients of everything in the store is frustrating. I can not have any products with soy or high sugar. It is very hard to shop and loose weight and stay healthy and keep my family happy with the choices I have to make. What are good brands that fit my nutritional needs?

  15. Rose
    11:16 AM #comment-15

    Appreciate getting the brand names but live in a small town so some are difficult or impossible to find. My husband has Diabeties Type 2 so we already eat a lot of beans and veg- fresh if possible- frozen if not. Are there some frozen brands bertter than others? Thanks for any info!!!

  16. Diane
    11:59 AM #comment-16

    Loved the info. Can you post some ideas for good alternatives for dipping raw veges?

    • patty
      8:10 AM #comment-17

      Try using humus for a vegie dip. It has great favor and is good for you

  17. Caron
    3:54 AM #comment-18

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your very informative information! At work, I’m becoming the go-to person regarding nutritional and healthy eating! Yay! Go me!!!

    And go YOU for supplying us easy-to-understand nutritional information!

    Thanks!! 🙂

  18. Sub
    5:38 AM #comment-19

    keep that special info coming. Very helpful. I teach Health.

  19. jones
    12:14 AM #comment-20

    Very informative.

    Great article going beyond just telling us what not to eat and recommending alternatives!
    Even if cooking from fresh ingredients is always best, sometimes we need quick fix !

    Many thansk. I am looking forward more articles of this kind.

  20. Bob
    12:49 AM #comment-21

    Great article, thanks for pointing out healthy alternatives. I thought I would point out one also. Although you have to look for it in the health food section. And that is Bragg’s All Natural Liquid Aminos. It is considered to be a gourmet alternative to soy sauce. And only 160 mgs of sodium.
    I usually dilute it, so it is even less. Tastes great also.

  21. orestic
    9:07 AM #comment-22

    Hi coach, thank you very much for your food information!!!P.S.7 day belly blast diet rocks!!!

  22. Thomas Smith
    5:18 AM #comment-23

    I purchased the program for $10 on 2/28/11 and received a debit from my account for $37. What is this for???????

    • Coach Josh
      8:00 AM #comment-24

      Please feel free to contact us at 1-800-380-9840 or by email at [email protected] and we can assist you with any questions on your order.

  23. lisa
    6:58 AM #comment-25

    Posting more of these would be awesome!!!!
    Crazy, the kind and quality (or lack there of) of food that is rampant in our American diets!!! 🙁

  24. Bernice Hoffman
    7:17 AM #comment-26

    Thank you so much for giving the condiment substitutes. How much salt is 920 mg or 575 mg of salt? (i.e., as compared to teaspoons)

  25. fisayo
    12:47 AM #comment-27

    Thank you so much for this eye opener, more of it please

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