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Monday, March 19, 2012

Why I do not eat fat free dressing


There are many reasons to not consume fat-free dressing. And even though I cannot always convince #1 on what to eat, I hope to convince some readers to rethink fat-free.


Lately I have been on a homemade dressing kick. I posted an Asian Dressing, Sun-dried tomato, and warm bacon dressing. As you will see with all these recipes, I include full fat ingredients. I do not skimp on the fat nor substitute.

Ingredients
The first reason for full fat is the ingredients list. I love looking at ingredients lists. It just confirms to me why I want to eat real foods that do not come in packages. Looking at a few fat-free dressings labels, we can see some scary ingredients.

Fat Free Ranch

Ingredients
Water, Corn Syrup, Natural Flavors (Milk), Soybean Oil, Modified Corn Starch, Salt, Sugar, Garlic Juice, Onion Juice, Cellulose Gel, Lactic Acid, Distilled Vinegar, Chives, Monosodium Glutamate, Onion Powder, Xanthan Gum, Garlic Powder, Garlic, Color Added, (Sodium Benzoate, Sorbic Acid, Calcium Disodium Edta) Used to Protect Quality, Cellulose Gum, Spice, Disodium Guanylate, Disodium Inosinate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E).


Fat Free Red Wine Vinaigrette

Ingredients
Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Red Wine Vinegar, Cabernet Sauvignon Wine, Sugar, Salt, Soybean Oil (Adds An Insignificant Amout of Fat), Garlic, Onion, Lemon Juice Concertrate, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Calcium Disodium Edta (Used to Protect Quality), Natural Flavor, Sulfiting Agents.



I just don't feel comfortable eating some of those ingredients, and since it is so simple to avoid them in salad dressings, I do.

Vitamins
The second reason I do not eat fat-free dressing is because of vitamin absorption.


Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat soluble vitamins. This means our bodies need fat accompanying them for absorption. Many people eat salads to be able to get more vitamins in their diet. But if we dress those salads with a fat-free dressing, our body will not absorb them. So those great nutrients in the veggies could be lost.

I think everyone needs to make the decision for themselves on what they choose to eat. I just hope I provided more information so that people can make an informed decision.

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