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Marie's Raspberry Vinaigrette

I had great hopes for Marie's Raspberry Vinaigrette. It is preservative free and has 0g of trans fat. It looked very healthy and natural. However, its #1 ingredient is water - and the #2 ingredient is high fructose corn syrup.

This is where reading the label really pays off before you buy something. I was in a rush this day and was looking for healthy dressings. This was in the salad part of the supermarket, rather than the dressing shelves. Usually the dressings in the salad area are the fresh, healthy ones. Indeed, this proudly states it has no preservatives. You have to keep it refrigerated to keep it fresh. So I grabbed a bottle!

It pours out on the salad in a reasonably thick, pink, very sweet smelling goo. I took a bit and it is like a liquid candy. I immediately figured something was very wrong here. Sure enough, you get water and high fructose corn syrup as your main ingredients. Then after red wine vinegar and raspberries, you get sugar as the next item, and then corn syrup again! I bet the only reason they counted the two types of corn syrup separately from each other was so they didn't end up being the #1 (by volume) ingredient listed.

There is 0.5g of total fat, no saturated and no trans fats. No cholesterol. 60mg of sodium. 0g of protein. No nutrition at all. And of course the whopping 8g of total carbs, with no fiber at all. 40 calories per serving. That is with a 2 Tbsp serving. Add more at your own risk.

How does it taste? Incredibly sweet. In fact when I got down to the bottom of my salad, where normally I am mopping up the remaining dressing with delight, I couldn't even finish that. The super-sweet goo was just too much. This was no longer an enjoyable salad, it was like a candy cane (raspberry flavored) had melted in the bottom of the salad bowl.

It's my own fault. I should have checked the nutrition label before buying it. It is really scary to me though that companies sell these things as healthy salad toppings. It's a clear indication to me of why we have an obesity problem, when even salads can turn into high fructose meals.

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