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Commercially prepared ranch dressings and hidden carbs

Teri and I had dinner at a local Mexican restaurant the other night, and she ordered a chicken salad with Ranch dressing, which we shared.

Teri used only a small amount of the Ranch dressing on the salad, but I noticed it had a detectable sweetness to it. Then I remembered that most Ranch dressings have added sugar as one of the ingredients.

It's funny, but now that we've switched from prepared mayonnaise and salad dressings to homemade, we can now taste the added sugar in products we once consumed on a regular basis–products that we'd never before perceived as having a sweet taste!

The moral of the story: read your ingredients lists, folks!

Too many prepared foods have added sugar and even though the caloric load of the sugar may be low in the individual servings, the cumulative effect can have a negative impact on your weight loss and health goals.

Another interesting point: You don't realize how we've grown accustomed to the added sugars in our daily diet, until you start to eliminate them.

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Mayonnaise and Salad Dressing Recipes

Alternative Salad Dressing and Mayonnaise Recipes for Carbohydrate Addicts

We've decided to stop using store-bought mayonnaise and "ranch" dressing (we used to use Best Foods® mayonnaise and Teri was fond of Hidden Valley® Ranch dressing). We've been searching for homemade alternatives to the store-bought varieties, and we'll share the great recipes we've found.

Why switch from store-bought? Several reasons: we want to eliminate most processed foods, and the mayo and ranch dressings make up the majority of the store-bought processed foods we eat. Expense is a factor, as well: we spend a fair amount of money buying the Hidden Valley Ranch dressing (even at Costco, it's expensive).

Best Foods mayonnaise contains sugar and soybean oil*, and Hidden Valley Ranch dressing has sugar and some less-than-appealing preservatives and fillers**.

Though they both claim '0 grams carbohydrates per serving' on the nutrition information label, they are allowed to round down to the lowest whole number, which means that each serving could have as much as .999999999 grams of carbs. If you are trying to cut carbs, these hidden carbs add up (since most people eat more than a single 'serving' as defined on the label you're probably consuming more carbohydrates than you think).

Alternative recipes list

Here what we've found so far. We present a list of ingredients so you can see if you might want to try it, but if you want the full recipe, follow the links!

We'll update the list as we find new recipes. Bookmark this page and come back occasionally. If you know of good alternative recipes, sign in and leave a comment at the bottom of this page! Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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