Comparison of Regular Salad Dressing and Fat-Free Salad Dressing
|Regular Italian Salad Dressing Wishbone, 2 Tbsp.||80||4g||7g||4g|
|Fat-Free Italian Salad Dressing Wishbone, 2 Tbsp.||15||3g||0g||2g|
|Regular Ranch Salad Dressing Hidden Valley, 2 Tbsp.||140||2||14||1|
|Reduced Fat Ranch Dressing Hidden Valley, 2 Tbsp.||80||3||7||2|
Q: Should I avoid fat-free salad dressings? I heard that fat-free and reduced-fat salad dressings have extra sugar.
Sugar: There is minimal sugar in salad dressing. 1 teaspoon of sugar is 5 grams for reference. Note that the regular Italian dressing has more sugar than the fat-free. And the addition of 1 gram of sugar in the reduced fat ranch is negligible.
Calories: The regular dressing has 5 times more calories than the fat-free. Salad dressing is a caloric-dense food. The extra calories in salad dressings can add up quickly. Extra calories can accumulate to contribute to obesity.
Switching to a reduced fat or fat-free salad dressing reduces the fat and calories of a salad without increasing the amount of sugar and the overall reduction of calories when switching from regular to reduced fat dressing is significant.