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Calorie free dressing???

Ok, I discovered this line of dressings called "Walden farms". They claim to be sugar, fat, and calorie free. I am having a really hard time believing this! Can someone tell me if the ingredients in here really are calorie free?

Creamy Bacon Dressing
0 calories for 2 tablespoons.

Ingredients: Water, apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, dijon mustard, cellulose gel, salt, imitation bacon bits, natural flavors, herbs and spices, xanathan gum, propylene, glycol aginate, sofium benzoate, food color, sucralose.

Anyone know what these ingredients actually are?

Fri. Aug 10, 5:41pm

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Besides the obvious ingredients at the top of the list (vinegar, mustard, etc), it just sounds like a bunch of chemicals. It sounds like the labeling should be "Creamy Chemical Dressing" on the bottle instead.

Friday, August 10, 2007, 6:11 PM

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Chances are it's not completely calorie-free, but most diets consider anything under 15 cals/serving to be a "free food" (which makes ketchup dangerous - 15 cals per Tbsp, but I know I use a LOT more than that!). Just something to bear in mind if you go heavy on the dressing.

Sucralose is, I believe, the chemical term for Splenda.
Xantham and guar gums are used in ice cream to make it gooey.
I think sodium benzoate is a preservative.
The rest of the unrecognizable ingredients give it the consistency of a dressing made with oil or cream.

Friday, August 10, 2007, 6:56 PM

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6:56 Is correct. The cellulose gel you'll also find in some gums its to thickren it as well. Actually look at some regular dressing and I think you'll be shocked to see way more ingredients as well as chemicals. Unless your going to make it yourself it is always going to be filled with crap.

Friday, August 10, 2007, 7:25 PM

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I agree with all the above posters. Throw that crap out!

Friday, August 10, 2007, 8:28 PM

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When you're looking at ingredients, look at the first 5 - that tends to be what the food is mainly made of. This dressing is mainly vinegar and mustard, which is perfectly fine and natural. The rest of the chemicals are in small amounts. Relax, people. If you want to avoid all chemicals you have to stop breathing.

Friday, August 10, 2007, 11:04 PM

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I agree with the above post, lets be reasonable people :)

Friday, August 10, 2007, 11:48 PM

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I wouldn't tell you not to eat it.
Sometimes finding a product that has flavor and allows you to eat low calorie meals is just what will keep a person on diet.
A few chemicals in the long run may not be good for you but lets be realistic most of us have chemicals that we aren't even aware of.

I personally am not concerned about all that stuff. I figure it is more important for me to get this weight off than to hate every minute of it because my food has no flavor or it is a flavor I don't care for.
And to have a diet I can stick with for good.
I have to say though I did finally try whole wheat pasta and love it. I don't think you can tell the difference.

I think that dressing must have calories but it must be such a small amount that it doesn't add up to enough to count.

Saturday, August 11, 2007, 11:40 PM

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