Salad dressing, thousand island dressing, fat-free

Fun Facts

  1. Choosing salad over a sandwich or burger always makes for a healthier lunch, right? Thanks to hefty portion sizes, extravagant toppings, and certain brand name salad dressings that pack up to 200 calories and 20 grams of fat per serving, this may not always be the case.
  2. We tracked down nutrition information for the leading store-bought brands of ranch, thousand island, Caesar, and Italian/ vinaigrette salad dressings, and ranked them each, leading up to the one that has the most fat and calories.
  3. Low-fat salad dressings prevent the body’s ability to absorb the carotenoid antioxidants in salad greens and tomatoes, thus greatly diminishing a major health benefit of eating salad. A Purdue University study found that certain healthy fats — like those in olive oil — were necessary to absorb the full benefits of the other vegetables in the salad.

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