This story originally appeared in Well+Good.
Store-bought condiments aren’t typically talked about in a positive light in the wellness world. Warnings about the ketchup jar being a sneaky source of sugar and salad dressings being high in salt are whispered between the grocery store aisles, often followed by a proud proclamation of finding a recipe for a healthier, homemade version on Pinterest.
While it’s true that some condiments are high in sugar or salt—and there’s certainly nothing wrong with making your own condiments at home—it’s a sweeping generalization to assume that anything on store shelves isn’t good for you. In fact, registered dietitian Alana Kessler, RD says some are actually full of health benefits, made with herbs linked to reduce inflammation and other nutritious benefits.