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Week 9 Real Food Challenge: No refined sweeteners – salad dressings

This week, I’m fast forwarding to refined sweeteners on The Real Food Challenge since sugar and sugar substitutes are found in almost EVERYTHING!

Week 9: No refined sweeteners
– No refined or artificial sweeteners including (but not limited to): white sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, sucanat, splenda, stevia, agave, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, brown rice syrup, and cane juice.

Foods and beverages can only be sweetened with a moderate amount of honey or maple syrup.

Since I started having a fresh salad for breakfast almost every day, I have been using Kühne’s salad dressings. I was surprised to find refined sweeteners but I shouldn’t be surprised to find thickeners and colouring, right? After all, this is a mass-produced item…

1. Yoghurt Dressing

NUTRITION FACTS
Average Amout per 100ml/100g
Calorific value 890 kJ
Calorific value 215 kcal
Carbohydrates 8.4 (g)
Protein 1.0 (g)
Fat 19 (g)

INGREDIENTS
Water, skimmed milk yoghurt (30%), vegetable oil, glucose-fructose syrup, spirit vinegar, sugar, salt, egg yolk, whey solids, thickener: pectin, guar and locust bean gum, parsley, lemon juice concentrate, modified starch, acidifier: lactic acid and citric acid, dill, natural flavour, seasoning.

2. Balsamic Dressing

NUTRITION FACTS
Average Amout per 100ml/100g
Calorific value 484 kJ
Calorific value 115 kcal
Carbohydrates 16 (g)
Protein 0.3 (g)
Fat 5.0 (g)

INGREDIENTS
Water, 28% Aceto Balsamico di Modena IGP (Wine vinegar, grape juice concentrate, E150d colouring), glucose-fructose syrup, rapeseed oil, salt, sugar, grape juice concentrate, olive oil, acidity regulator: sodium acetate, thickener: carragreenan and locust bean gum.


3. American Caesar dressing

NUTRITION FACTS
Average Amout per 100ml/100g
Calorific value 994 kJ
Calorific value 241 kcal
Carbohydrates 5.0 (g)
Protein 3.0 (g)
Fat 23 (g)

INGREDIENTS
Water, vegetable oil, buttermilk, spirit vinegar, grated hard cheese (4%), garlic (2.4%), salt, glucose-fructose syrup, egg yolk, whey solids, modified starch, sugar, spices, flavouring, thickener: guar gum and xanthan, soy sauce (water, soya, wheat, salt), lemon juice concentrate.

Looks like I’ll have to make my own salad dressings…

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  • Paik Ling 15 June, 2012, 10:19 am

    I suppose if taken in moderation should be ok?

  • Kit 17 June, 2012, 1:12 am

    Paik Ling – Mmm…I used to believe in that but now, I don’t especially after I read that what I eat is a first and important step towards a healthy body.