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This Beloved Brand Just Dropped New Keto-Friendly Condiments

Now you can "lay it on thick" and stay low-carb.
FACT CHECKED BY Faye Brennan

You just know summer's in the air when you can smell neighbors' grills during evening walks. If you're already prepping for barbecue season and bikini season, one of the most popular BBQ sauce brands in the land has just made thoughts of summer even sweeter with this morning's announcement about their new no-sugar-added selections.

Last May, Sweet Baby Ray's ventured into low-carb territory with the launch of two Ray's No Sugar Added barbecue sauces, which came in Original and Hickory flavors. Both were gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, keto-friendly, and had just one gram of sugar per two-tablespoon serving. (These were a clear departure from the 60 calories and 12 grams of added sugars in their Sweet Vidalia Onion Barbecue Sauce, which is just one of the two dozen sauce choices in the classic Sweet Baby Ray's line.)

Now, Ray's has come out much earlier in the season to double down on winning over mindful eaters. In a press release on Friday, they announced two new additions to this year's Ray's No Sugar Added lineup: Sweet & Spicy BBQ and Honey Mustard.

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What can consumers anticipate from these two flavors? They describe Ray's No Sugar Added Sweet & Spicy BBQ as "the perfect balance of sweet smokiness with a lip-tingling touch of heat," all with 15 calories and one gram of sugar. Meanwhile, they call the Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce "a smooth, sweet complement to hot dogs, chicken tenders, and tasty air fryer creations. One serving has 130 calories and zero grams of sugar."

Ray's No Sugar Added seems out to up-level the no-sugar barbecue sauce space with great flavor and improved texture over what they describe as the "runny" brands on the market. How do they do it? They explain that the low-sugar sauce "is sweetened with Allulose, a low-calorie sweetener naturally found in small quantities in foods like raisins, figs, and maple syrup, and is shown to have no impact on blood glucose or insulin levels."

It's exciting to see brands known for sweetness and indulgence getting into the no-sugar game. Just beware: three of the four No Sugar Added flavors have just as much sodium as (or more than) regular Sweet Baby Ray's. If daydreaming about the fresh flavors of summer inspires you to perform a springtime purge, read through our latest list of foods you should kick out of your fridge right now.

Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at <em>Eat This, Not That!</em>, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants and groceries (with a focus on beverages), and more. Read more