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Fat-Free Salad Dressings

Fat-free salad dressings are often laden with sugar because, in order to eliminate the fat but keep some flavor, manufacturers rely primarily on sugar and salt. As a result, the calories in fat-free salad dressings come almost exclusively from sugars like honey and concentrated fruit juice. Sometimes there’s as much as 8 grams of sugar (2 teaspoons) per 2 tablespoons of dressing. I recommend ditching fat-free dressings altogether and going with a dressing that lists canola or olive oil as the top ingredient and (as with tomato sauce) has either no or very little added sugar. These fat-containing dressings have more calories but they’re worth it because canola and olive oils are heart-healthy fats that help lower LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol). Use all dressings in moderation, though, because their calories add up quickly.

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