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I'm a lacto-ovo and sat down recently to re-read some of my food labels and go over my diet. I was shocked and embarassed to find my salad dressing's second ingredient is High Fructose Corn Syrup (Kraft Fat Free Catalina) and my veggie dip of choice (Hidden Valley Dip Mix) contains MSG. I briefly looked for replacements at my local MegaMart only to see almost everything in the aisle contains one or the other. This stuff is still bad for you isn't it?<br><br>
Only the Newman dressings seemed okay, but 11g of fat for a 2 tablespoon serving seems a little much.<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, if anyone has suggestions for low effort dips or dressings (something I can buy or make quickly) I'm all ears. Obviously the lower fat the better, but I have a little to give. I have access to several local MegaMarts, TJ's, Whole Foods and others...Thanks in advance!
 

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I try to stay away from processed foods so for salad dresing all I use is a little olive oil and some balsamic vinegar. I have yet to find a dip or dip mix that does not have MSG in the grocery store so I buy dip mix that uses only natural ingredients from a booth at a craft fair. Problem is, this craft fair is only in October so I will be experimenting with my own version (ie. dill, onion, garlic, etc.)
 

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I usually use olive oil and a bit of red wine vinegar but every now and again, I make <a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showpost.php?p=896153&postcount=8" target="_blank"><b>this</b></a> too.<br><br><br><br>
Lately I've been playing around with various bean dips which also makes a great dressing if you thin it down a bit.
 

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It is easy to eliminate MSG and HFCS. Just don't eat processed foods and if you do go with organic (which I've never seen contain either of the two).
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Aimra</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
It is easy to eliminate MSG and HFCS. Just don't eat processed foods and if you do go with organic (which I've never seen contain either of the two).</div>
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thats true; however, organic foods do contain yeast(+ autolyzed) extracts which contain free glutamic acids which make up 99.9% of msg. just another way of saying msg
 

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Unless you're sensitive to MSG it's not really bad for you. Most of the dire health warnings about MSG are vastly overstated. It's a similar situation to peanuts. There are a lot of people with peanut allergies and for some peanuts can be quite literally deadly, but peanuts themselves aren't evil. Some people are sensitive or allergic to MSG or find it to be a migraine trigger, but for most people it's relatively harmless.<br><br><br><br>
More MSG info: <a href="http://www.foodandhealth.com/cpecourses/msg.php" target="_blank">http://www.foodandhealth.com/cpecourses/msg.php</a>
 

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I strongly recommend reading a book by John E. Erb. called "The Slow Poisoning Of America". It goes through facts and statistics as well as tests that have been done and reveal the sick truths of MSG as well as other ingredients.<br><br><br><br>
I say don't eat it!
 

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I strongly recommend reading a book by John E. Erb. called "The Slow Poisoning Of America". It goes through facts and statistics as well as tests that have been done and reveal the sick truths of MSG as well as other ingredients.<br><br><br><br><b>I say don't eat it</b></div>
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Ditto!
 

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If you have Whole Foods near you, look at Annie's Naturals dressings. No HFCS, no yeast extracts, no added sugar, etc. Some of them have dairy (the Caesar dressing has parmesan) but since you're l/o, that shouldn't be a problem. I have the Tuscany Italian and it is 7g fat per 2T serving but it's healthy oils (canola). I use them on salads and as dips. Hope that helps.
 

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I can't stand the taste of prepared salad dressings anymore. And for the cheap ingredients (water, soybean oil, sugar, salt, modified food starch) they are made with - they cost a fortune.<br><br><br><br>
Good olive oil, good vinegars, maybe some tamari, salt and fresh ground pepper. I will never go back.
 

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If you have Whole Foods near you, look at Annie's Naturals dressings. No HFCS, no yeast extracts, no added sugar, etc.</div>
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No flavour...<br><br><br><br>
I've had Annie's Ranch dressing & frankly, I think it tastes horrible. It tasted sweet. Ranch dressing isn't supposed to taste sweet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lipsrsealed2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sealed:">
 
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