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What's a worse choice: fat free dressing or dressing with vegetable oils?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 04, 2012 at 1:17 AM

I was eating out tonight and had my choice of dressings which included a wide range of fat free, low fat and full fat varieties. All of the full fat dressings you find in restuarants contain either soy, canola, or other type of vegetable oils with minimal sugar. However, the fat free choices contain no bad oils, but usually contain loads of sugar and/or corn syrup.

If your eating out and choose a salad as a side or meal and stomaching it without some type of dressing isn't possible, what's the best option.....fat free with the corn syrup or loads of sugar or full fat with the bad oils?

Ps....I realize you can ask the restaurant if they have olive oil or salsa, but in this scenario these options aren't available and again eating the salad plain isn't an option either.

EDIT: I guess my PS was clear enough. This is more of a hypothetcal, If there were no other options!

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on May 05, 2012
at 01:28 AM

Wow thanks everyone. I appreciate the kind word.

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on May 04, 2012
at 03:31 PM

1T oil = 14g fat. I'm not going to worry over it. Raises my cortisol too much. Also Canola is pretty high MUFA and higher in O3 than olive oil as well.

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on May 04, 2012
at 03:07 PM

@Lady_Arwein - I'm curious how you came to this conclusion as I've never heard anyone say anything like that before. Stomach acid is more acidic than just about any acid you'd put on salad.

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on May 04, 2012
at 02:21 PM

I have found that what many restaurants and grocery store salad bars label as "olive oil" is really a blend of canola and olive oil. Unfortunately, it's usually mostly canola...

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:01 PM

Is just skipping the salad altogether not an option? It's not like there's a gun at your head?

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on May 04, 2012
at 12:17 PM

By the way, Shari, you look amazing...

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on May 04, 2012
at 09:54 AM

Agreed, though I believe vegetable oils are even worse than grains.

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on May 04, 2012
at 02:59 AM

I would be worried about parasites from plain salads. Various members of our family have had issues with it. I always recommend an acid (like citrus, vinegar, etc.) and an oil. At the very least an acid to kill many pathogens. You might get away with pouring a bit of red or white wine (which most restaurants carry for the profit margins) on the salad to kill microorganisms.

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on May 04, 2012
at 02:31 AM

+1 for actually answering his question :) and not just giving him other options, lol

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on May 04, 2012
at 02:20 AM

Ah, I see. Hm, if I HAD to pick one, I'd go for a low-fat Italian/balsamic dressing. A lot of the full-fat ones have sugar anyways, so going low-fat/fat-free in my opinion isn't as bad if you put a few dashes on for some flavor.

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:56 AM

That is what I do...

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:56 AM

I was thinking balsamic also! Mmmm. However, if the OP is in a place without olive oil, I'm guessing it's a place that is more like a cheap diner/fast food restaurant.

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:55 AM

Great Idea Sunny Beaches!!

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:55 AM

It was Johnny rockets. It's more of a hypothetical really.

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:23 AM

why can't you ask or eat the salad plain? is this a hypothetical question?

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98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on May 04, 2012
at 02:13 AM

Other than grains there is nothing worse than vegetable oils IMO. If those are my only two choices I'd go fat free. Some thickeners and other crap but better than any vegetable oil you're going to get in a chain restaurant.

4b61b13ed39e5c5d01fe234900cadcf8

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on May 04, 2012
at 02:31 AM

+1 for actually answering his question :) and not just giving him other options, lol

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on May 04, 2012
at 12:17 PM

By the way, Shari, you look amazing...

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on May 04, 2012
at 09:54 AM

Agreed, though I believe vegetable oils are even worse than grains.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on May 05, 2012
at 01:28 AM

Wow thanks everyone. I appreciate the kind word.

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78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

on May 04, 2012
at 01:27 AM

What restaurant is this? Is it a fast food restaurant?

What if you asked for some extra lemons/limes for your water and used that over your salad? You could squeeze the juice over, add some pepper and salt and it's pretty delicious. If you're willing to pay extra, you can ask for extra salad ingredients that are more flavorful like olives, onion and tomatoes.

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:55 AM

Great Idea Sunny Beaches!!

22212e9ba2a041e6da6c963d4d41615a

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:55 AM

It was Johnny rockets. It's more of a hypothetical really.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

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on May 04, 2012
at 02:20 AM

Ah, I see. Hm, if I HAD to pick one, I'd go for a low-fat Italian/balsamic dressing. A lot of the full-fat ones have sugar anyways, so going low-fat/fat-free in my opinion isn't as bad if you put a few dashes on for some flavor.

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:48 AM

Could you ask for vinegar? Balsamic, perhaps?

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:56 AM

That is what I do...

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:56 AM

I was thinking balsamic also! Mmmm. However, if the OP is in a place without olive oil, I'm guessing it's a place that is more like a cheap diner/fast food restaurant.

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:26 PM

Both are bad neither will kill you.

As others have said, I can't imagine this being the only choice but if it is I can see no benefit in selecting one over the other.

At Johnny Rockets - or any other burger joint for that matter - just order the burger (almost certianly grain fed and cooked in veggie oil by the way) without the bun (or ketchup and mayo) and let the fat from the meat be the dressing. Get an acid if you can - I bet there are lemons at the drink station if no vinegar is available.

If you want to be anal about it, megadose some fishoil after eating out to counterbalance the inevitable n-6 you got.

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on May 04, 2012
at 02:02 PM

At times I've been given EVOO and I can tell just by looking, smelling it, its cheap brand and probably a blend not pure, and I wont even bother with it.

I often just ask for wedges of lemon and squeeze that on it, balsamic vinegar is another option with salt/pepper. Passing on the dressings in general is best.

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:16 PM

They are both bad. Next time just ask for vinegar and lemons. That's what I do when I am out at a restaurant that has nonpaleo friendly dressing options.

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on May 04, 2012
at 12:44 PM

A dressing with vegetable oils is probably worse. But then, I'd rather eat a small amount of vegetable oil-based dressing over larger amount of nasty, tasteless fat-free dressing any day. Also, the point of the dressing is to add fat to help with solubilizing fat-soluble nutrients in greens, fat-free dressing defeats that purpose.

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24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on May 04, 2012
at 12:11 PM

Almost any restaurant can and will provide you with oil and vinegar. Many will do olive oil. Go light on the oil, it won't kill you if this is not an everyday douse your salad in oil habit. Better than any of the crap in commercial dressings regardless of fat content.

I realize this violates your hypothetical, but in my experience your hypothetical sets up artificial choices.

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on May 04, 2012
at 03:31 PM

1T oil = 14g fat. I'm not going to worry over it. Raises my cortisol too much. Also Canola is pretty high MUFA and higher in O3 than olive oil as well.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on May 04, 2012
at 02:21 PM

I have found that what many restaurants and grocery store salad bars label as "olive oil" is really a blend of canola and olive oil. Unfortunately, it's usually mostly canola...

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on May 04, 2012
at 09:31 AM

Order a steak instead. :)

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on July 19, 2012
at 10:40 PM

The answer is most definitely vegetable oil dressings because the omega-6 PUFA's in it will be stored in your body. Sugary dressings will hurt you today, vegetable oil dressings will hurt you for the next year. EAch time you down say 20g of veg oil, your omega 3:6 ratio starts to go to hell. and imo that ratio governs total body pro vs anti inflammation.

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:55 AM

As TLC states. I use balsalmic on my my salad even when I am home. I would use the lemon option as well.

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