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Hidden Valley Ranch dressing

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 06, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Can I use Hidden valley ranch and still lose weight?

Answer on the fly, I'll make my own Paleo ranch later, but I don't have the ingredients or blender yet. I'm doing a slow move from the Atkins diet to Paleo, one step at a time.

Compressed: Non-paleo Ranch dressing on chicken -> Will I gain weight from it while eating Paleo?

5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

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on February 26, 2013
at 03:29 PM

No, but you definitely took 27 seconds off your life. I hope it was worth it :-)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 13, 2012
at 11:14 PM

UPDATE: I ate a calzone today (ack, wheat!) and I dared dip it in ranch! Am I going to die soon?!

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on January 06, 2012
at 11:46 PM

Yeah, it's not something worth eating, it falls under "crap in a bottle" Might as well make your own version.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 07, 2012
at 01:17 AM

Will you gain weight eating it? Probably not. Should you eat it for optimal health? Hell no. Would I eat it if I was perusing the salad bar and craving ranch dressing? Yes. hangs head in paleo shame

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on January 13, 2012
at 11:14 PM

UPDATE: I ate a calzone today (ack, wheat!) and I dared dip it in ranch! Am I going to die soon?!

5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on February 26, 2013
at 03:29 PM

No, but you definitely took 27 seconds off your life. I hope it was worth it :-)

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on January 06, 2012
at 11:45 PM

"Vegetable oil, egg yolk, sugar, salt, buttermilk, spices, garlic, onion, vinegar, phosphoric acid, xanthan gum, modified food starch, MSG, artificial flavors, disodium phosphate, sorbic acid, calcium disodium EDTA, disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate."

Yum. Looks like you can hit up many paleo no-nos. We have food reward with the MSG. Vegetable oil for some extra inflammation. Dairy which is often a paleo no-no unless it's grassfed and unprocessed.

I freaking love Hidden Valley Ranch. I used to put it on everything. But it definitely made me overeat and it's not a real food by any means. There are so many other great things to put on chicken. I like rosemary, garlic, salt, and pepper.

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8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on January 07, 2012
at 12:39 AM

Hmmm, looks like Hidden Valley has hidden additives. Why don't you make your own with real sour cream and/or real buttermilk and your own herbs and spices. Then again, a little bit is probably fine for most people. I haven't met those people who can only eat a little bit, mostly because they are dairy-intolerant. I would ditch the powder just for the MSG alone.

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on January 13, 2012
at 09:50 PM

I make ranch dressing for my daughter that's pretty yummy. I mix grass-fed sour cream and yogurt, about equal amounts (both organic, full-fat, of course). Then mix in salt, garlic powder, chopped green onions, and chopped parsley. It can be more complicated than that, but this is my easy recipe for when the kid is begging for carrots and dip.

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7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on January 13, 2012
at 08:43 PM

Strictly speaking yes, but when you factor in time, and consider it is constructed almost entirely of stuff that will trigger cravings and cause inflammation, chances are you'll fall off the wagon in some freak binging accident and gain all sorts of weight back.

I'm joking a little here, but about a decade ago, I lost a lot of weight on a low carbohydrate diet. It is crap like Hidden Valley Ranch, peanut butter, and other concoctions like it that kept me hooked on grain based foods- and eventually led to me quitting the diet and gaining all that weight back. I lost it all again. I now weight less than I did when I was twelve- I was making good progress, but paleo on insights the types of foods put me into the win category. Suddenly, pizza stops sounding like a good idea, and I really don't want to eat anything with wheat or soy in it ever again.

So, for a long term win, ditch it. Maybe you should go out and burn it in your back yard and put a little sign by the charred remains that says, "Don't touch it, it is pure evil!"

Whatever works for you.

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D5a4ff096a452a84a772efa0e6bc626e

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on January 06, 2012
at 11:43 PM

Whether you will gain weight with any given food is a tricky question, dependent on the context of your diet, your personal sensitivities, how much of that food you're eating, exercise, and more. Let's take a look at the ingredients of the bottled dressing:

Vegetable oil, egg yolk, sugar, salt, buttermilk, spices, garlic, onion, vinegar, phosphoric acid, xanthan gum, modified food starch, MSG, artificial flavors, disodium phosphate, sorbic acid, calcium disodium EDTA, disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate.

The biggest baddies here are the vegetable oil, which will likely be soybean, possibly corn, and always very very high in omega-6. Many also don't do well with MSG or various gums and modified food starches. I'd also personally be suspicious of the chemicals that make up the last half of the list.

The package of dry seasoning mix they sell fares a little better:

maltodextrin, buttermilk, salt, monosodium glutamate, dried garlic, dried onion, lactic acid, citric acid, spices and artificial flavors

Still MSG, but the oil and sugar are gone. If you absolutely must keep some sort of Ranch as a transition food, I'd mix a packet of seasoning mix into a cup of whole-fat yogurt. But do try to find a dry mix recipe you love and use that instead as you get more comfortable.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on January 06, 2012
at 11:46 PM

Yeah, it's not something worth eating, it falls under "crap in a bottle" Might as well make your own version.

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2d2b525eec7ddb30a61fed50733b8f48

on March 18, 2013
at 06:54 PM

I've made a great ranch dressing from coconut milk, olive oil and spices http://northwestcavegirls.com/2012/03/paleo-ranch-salad-dressing/

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9bf0cd801ab042614fe6c9a3adbedd2d

on February 26, 2013
at 03:27 PM

I am a recovering ranch addict so I have to be very careful with it. I know I will start craving it again. I have been using this ranch mix from Simply Organic when I'm having a bad craving. I mix a tiny little bit with full fat, organic, Horizon sour cream (mostly cream and cultures) and use it as dip for my Buffalo Chicken Sliders with carrots. Soooo good. Makes me want some now. I could mix it with my heavy cream and make dressing but let's not get too crazy here. :) I know it's not perfect but it's a much better alternative and I eat it sparingly.

Ingredients: Organic nonfat milk, sea salt, organic cane sugar, organic garlic, organic onion, organic carrot powder, organic celery seed, xanthan gum, organic parsley, organic black pepper, organic natural flavors (contains corn and dairy derivatives) and lactic acid.

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Bad3a78e228c67a7513c28f17c36b3cf

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on January 13, 2012
at 08:46 PM

I've never cared for it, but I keep some of this around http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/p-penzeysbuttermilk.html for ranch diehards. Except for the sugar its okay, ingredient wise. You can mix it with yogurt or buttermilk, sour cream, homemade paleo mayonnaise etc.

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96e3a46b1429e402ff81f363761236d5

on January 13, 2012
at 08:32 PM

ranch dressing is so trashy. on every level.

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912d417b992445a654a14a3942c95642

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on January 13, 2012
at 08:28 PM

Thanks, i used mustard instead because i was on my lunch break and forgot to pack. I'll keep all this in mind though the next time i go shopping! :D ill make my own from paleo ranch recipes i like

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on January 06, 2012
at 11:40 PM

Depends on how much of it you propose to eat. X calories of ranch dressing is comparable to X calories of a comparable food item. If you have a decent idea of the calories you need to consume in order to lose weight, make food choices accordingly.

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