Comparison of Regular Salad Dressing and Fat-Free Salad Dressing

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Comparison of Regular Salad Dressing and Fat-Free Salad Dressing

Calories Carbs Fat Sugars
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.

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