When a 0 Calorie Salad Dressing Fakes Health

Walden Farms Salad Dressing

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.

Walden Farm Dressings Ingredients

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!

  • Mary

    This is not a product I would buy, but their website does provide nutrition and ingredient listings for their products. On their website the nutrition info is under the shop online heading on the side of the page.

  • Anythingbacon

    Fat is good. The end.

  • H2O

    There is so much garbage out there, It’s very sad the products that people want to believe in.. How many diabetics is it killing?? Cooperate America doesn’t care, diabetes is big business ..

  • Utopia

    This just looks gross. Who cares if it’s calorie free if it’s not food? It is sad that many people dieting do not realize that you need calories to kill your hunger and have energy to do the things you want to do. Starving yourself is just going to make you eat more. Have a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar on your salad if you don’t want 400 calories of added dressing!

    • Cathy Buckman Gignac

      I dont starve at all, in fact, I am never hungry. I get my calories from lean protein, vegetables, etc. There is a difference between true hunger, and Gluttonous CARB cravings which the American diet is based on. I drink pkenty of water, limit coffee or tea to 6 oz. Daily. Want to curse out food business? Curse Dunkin Donuts, delivery pizza, calorie, fat and sugar laden dressings, etc.

  • rbthe4th2

    This is correct, I found the information – https://www.waldenfarms.com/nutrition_facts.html#. Still, what they say above is true, I wouldn’t want to eat it either.

  • Aria Gonzalez

    All those health claims just scream ‘this is completely unnatural!’ to me.

  • Linn Steward

    It is legal to label this salad dressing healthy. Sounds to me like that is the real problem.

    • Cathy Buckman Gignac

      They label pkg salad mixes as healthy… Most contain bleach to preserve them! Your drinking water contains chlorine… But its better than getting diptheria or dysentary as ppl used to. Everything in balance.

  • Erin

    This company has a lot of junk out there. They also have a “zero calorie” peanut butter that I tried before I started eating healthy. It’s terrible.

  • enayday

    I have tried the salad dressings and they’re nice I like the taste of it I am one who likes to see my salad dressing

  • priya

    Why not just mix your own vinegar and spices. ..

    • Cathy Buckman Gignac

      I do that too but many vinegars contain sugars. I love the WF and add my spices to them.

  • Cactus_Wren

    “Vegetable fiber”. Could you possibly be a little less specific?

  • mike canady

    This stuff is amazing! Tastes great. Virtually no calories!

    • Cathy Buckman Gignac


  • Healthy Man

    Good Advice. There are plenty of home made and store salad dressings!!!

  • FoodLover

    The strawberry spread I tried was disgusting. Tastes like dimetapp mixed with splenda.

  • Cathy Buckman Gignac

    I love their products. My labs have been perfect, my glucose under control and weight maintained using their products. People averaged 48 years if lufe in 1910. Today the average is 75 to 100. If chemicals help then so be it. Not everyone tolerates everything. I have suffered digestive illnesses related to irganic foods which are higher in bacteria. Each one must decide for one’s self. I am 60 and healthier than I was 10 years ago and these products have helped. Using small amounts is not an issue.

    • Cathy Buckman Gignac

      Excuse typos.