The 1 out of 100 Cleaner Condiments: Braswell’s Merlot Wine Sauce from WalMart, 6 bottle case

Posted on Aug 06, 2015

EZ Diet Note: This will become a series of blog posts on all 1-in-a-100 cleaner condiments I’ve discovered over the years.

When it comes to sauces, marinades, and dressings I have a few rules listed below. Use these rules to help find your own sauces. I want to recommend several sauces in a series of blog posts I’ve discovered over the years that fit as closely as possible to the criteria set out below. Keep in mind there will always be trace amounts of an occasional ingredient I would prefer weren’t in the sauces, but I put up with small amounts of some ingredients and just us it more sparingly.  I’m not crazy about the small amount of soy or wheat, or “natural flavoring” in this sauce, so I just try to do the best I can at eliminating the most egregious outlined below.

So how do I define a cleaner Sauce, Marinade, or Dressing?

Here’s the issue, most healthy 400 calorie meals can only support 50 to 100 calories in butter, sauces, and marinades. If you’re going to eat healthy, you need clean sauces, marinades, and dressings to make all that high fiber, healthy food palatable.

Calories Per Serving under 50

When I pick up any sauce, marinade, or dressing bottle the first thing I look at is calories per serving. I want calories under 50 per serving. Way under if possible. Then I look at what they consider a serving. Serving sizes on sauces can vary from a teaspoon  to two tablespoons. You have to watch the serving size ploys.

Sodium per Serving under 100mg

Next, I’m looking at sodium. I want sodium under 100 mg per serving. This criteria kills almost all Wal-Mart sauce selections.

No High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

If the product passes the calorie and sodium test, then I go to the fine print and start reading ingredients. Normally high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is the cheap sweetener of choice for human lab rats. I don’t want any HFCS in the sauce.

No Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

Next, I’m looking for monosodium glutamate (MSG) in the dozens of different deceptive ways it can be labeled. This neuro-excito toxin has been added to most processed food to enhance the lab rat feeder lever smacking behavior. I also don’t want any MSG hidden in my sauces. Many, many, many, many products that get this far on my list FAIL because of the term “Natural Flavoring” or “Seasoning” in the ingredients list.

No Added Sugar

I almost never get this far on sauce or marinade labels at a Wal-Mart, or any other grocery chain for that matter. Kroger, Winn-Dixie, Ingles, Publix Management, and on and on, you’re next. You’re all getting it wrong on sauces, marinades, dressings, and condiments.

I’m willing to accept a small amount of sugar (in a dozen forms), but sugar can’t be one of the first few ingredients.

I would do the happy banana dance right there in the store aisle if I saw Stevia in an ingredient list on a sauce or marinade. Especially for Walden Farms BBQ, Ketchup, Cocktail, and other Dressing products who still use Splenda as a sweetener.  In fact a blog post directly to the management at Walden Farms is on my list, they’re next. Drop the #%@x!%@ Splenda from your sauces and dressings. I would use 5 times as much of your product if you would just take the #%@x!% Splenda out of your products and replace it with uncut Stevia.

No Artificial Sweeteners

I don’t want to see Splenda, Equal, the pink stuff, the yellow stuff, none, at all. I have no tolerance for any mind-bending, cancer-causing artificial sweeteners.

No Chemical Food Coloring or Preservatives

I don’t want my sauces and marinades to be a science project with chemicals I can’t pronounce. If I can’t pronounce it, I don’t want it. It’s mystery poison, and no one, especially the FDA is looking out for my best interests when it comes to the 10,000+ chemicals used in the food supply.

Braswell’s Merlot Wine Sauce:

This sauce fits my criteria in the high 90%+, I realize the Worchester Sauce’s “Natural Flavoring” ingredient is probably MSG, but other than that this product comes much closer than most sauces to fit my criteria.

Buy it at Walmart by the case, 6 bottles for $19.25 or $3.21 each, HERE

It is possible to find this at some of the larger Super WalMart stores in metropolitan areas. And some grocers may stock it, however it’s subject to be discontinued at any time, it’s easier to just order a case at a time. I’m so tired of finally finding a 1 in a 100 sauce, only to have the grocer discontinue it because it doesn’t sell fast enough.

All natural.  Merlot wine with special spices


Merlot Wine, Worcestershire Concentrate (Distilled Vinegar, Corn Syrup, Water, Salt, Caramel Color, Garlic Powder, Sugar, Spices, Tamarind, Natural Flavor), Cane Sugar, Soy Sauce (Water, Soybeans, Wheat, Salt), Plum Puree, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Dehydrated Onion, Spices, Garlic Powder, Dehydrated Garlic, Xanthan Gum And Black Pepper. Contains Soy And Wheat.

15 ml is approximately a half US ounce, or 1 tablespoon.

I use this in soups, as steak marinade, in a chicken, turkey, or steak stir fry with mushrooms and onions. It has a bold flavor so a little goes a long way when it simmers together with vegetables.

Brasswell Merlot Wine Sauce WM ingredients


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