A Fooducate community member, V.N., recently alerted us to a mail-order salad dressings from Walden Farms:
Eating a salad is healthy, unless it’s topped with high calorie, high fat salad dressings that can easily add hundreds of calories. Instead, eat “The Walden Way” and enjoy a collection of 20 Walden Farms Calorie Free Salad Dressings. No calories, fat, carbs, gluten or sugars of any! Made with delicious ingredients ingredients and natural flavors…
Wow, a zero calorie salad dressing? What’s in it – air?
Unfortunately, the company website does not provide any information on ingredients or nutrients beyond its health claims. Here’s a picture of the ingredient list thanks again to V.N.
It’s a bit fuzzy but you can see that the main ingredient is water, followed by vinegar. Since a serving is only 2 tablespoons, the calorie count may be under 5, which can then be rounded down to zero.
It’s not the calories that concern us though. It’s some of the ingredients down the list, including:
- Sucralose – an artificial sweetener
- Sodium Benzoate
- FD&C Yellow #5 – an artificial dye that is banned is some countries in Europe. It causes hyperactivity in some children.
Stay away from this salad dressing!