Calories in Ranch Dressing vary depending on the brand and how it is made. Ranch dressing can range between 70 and 150 calories in one tablespoon size.
According to Men’s Health Magazine, ranch dressing is one of the worst foods you can eat when out to dinner. This popular condiment has become a favorite for French fry dipping as well as salads. The hidden calories in this dip or dressing can be masked because consumers lose track of how much they are using.
If you are trying to cut back on your calorie intake, avoid ordering ranch dressing as a side dip in restaurants. Even when eating a salad, request fat-free ranch dressing or low-carb versions. It is best to get your dressing on the side as opposed to smothered all over the lettuce leaves. This will help you keep track of how much you add on your salad.
Making your own ranch dressing can provide you with fewer calories if you use the right ingredients. Low-cal mayonnaise, reduced fat milk or even buttermilk can provide you with nearly half the calories you would consume if you prepared ranch dressing the usual way.
When it comes to cutting ranch dressing calories, it is all about portion size. Cut back on your usual intake and reduce the calories by nearly 50%. Also, if low-cal ranch is available – buy it!
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