Salad Dressing – The Real Deal

Have you ever looked at the ingredient list on Light or Fat Free salad dressings? Some of them are several lines longer than the original version of that same product! Filled with preservatives and other additives you can’t pronounce—not to mention sodium and sugar—you’re much better off drizzling your veggies with a little extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Hidden Reg

Most people are going to use some sort of salad dressing so lets take a look at the options. In Regular Ranch we have 140 calories, 14 grams fat, 1 gram of sugar and 2 carbs.

Hidden Fat Free

When you compare the Original to the Fat Free the Fat Free may seem like a better option on the surface (Only 30 calories and ZERO Fat! This must be better for me, right?) This is not necessarily the case… once you dig a little deeper you will see what you have agreed to ingest to cut the calories and the fat… it’s not a pretty picture.

corn syrup

Corn Syrup

Maltodextrin

Maltodextrin

Sugar

Sugar

But look what happens here. Yes you have less calories and zero fat but to have that privilege you have signed up for more sugar, carbs and chemicals. The first ingredients are no longer vegetable oil, water and eggs it’s now

water and corn syrup, Maltodextrin and some modified food starch.  In case you don’t know or have forgotten, the ingredients list on any food item is in order of the most to the least so the first three to five ingredients make up the bulk of whatever you are eating. Which means the bulk of the Fat Free dressing is Corn syrup (a natural sweetener derived from corn starch), Maltodextrin (which is an artificial sugar) and guess what plain ole regular sugar for the Trifecta! Yeah, your fat free dressing is nothing more than a bottle of sugar wearing a salad dressing coat. The Carbs have tripled and the sodium has increased from 260mg to 310mg. Somehow we lost all the vitamin C as well (not sure how or why that happened but POOF it’s gone)…  so remember there is almost always a trade-off when you opt for Fat-Free or “Lite” options. Choose wisely.

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