3/5/13

Trade Up Tuesday: Ranch Dip


This week the battle for Trade Up Tuesday is between ranch dips. In the left corner, weighing in at 5.5 oz, Naturally Fresh Garden Ranch Dip. And in the right corner, weighing in at 13 oz is Litehouse Homestyle Ranch.

Naturally Fresh has considerably less calories than Litehouse for the exact same serving size. Naturally Fresh also boasts less total fat but has more saturated fat per serving than Litehouse. Naturally Fresh has less sodium but slightly more cholesterol (5 mg) but Naturally Fresh clenches the title by providing more vitamins and minerals than Litehouse.

Here's an interesting dilemma. While Litehouse receives the lower NuVal score, it provides a "cleaner" ingredient list, avoiding corn syrup solids and additives (like disodium inosinate & guanylate). Which would you choose? The higher NuVal scoring item or the cleaner ingredient list? We'd love to hear your opinion.



Naturally Fresh Country Garden Ranch Dip
NuVal Score 23
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 2tbsp. (30g)
Amount Per Serving:
Calories 70
Total Fat 7g
Sat. Fat 2.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 15mg
Sodium 170mg
Potassium 45mg
Total Carb. 2g
Fiber 0g
Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A (6%DV)
Vitamin C (2%DV)
Calcium (2%DV)
Iron (0%DV)

Ingedients: Sour cream (cultured cream, milk, nonfat milk, gelatin), soybean oil, cultured buttermilk (cultured nonfat milk), cabbage, water, carrots, onions, mirepoix (cellery, onion, carrot, disodium inosinate & guanylate), food starch-modified, eggs, sugar, cultured dextrose, salt, vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, spices, titanium dioxide, maltodextrin, xanthan & guar gums (food fiber), soluble dill, autolyzed yeast extract, buttermilk flavor (maltodextrin, natural flavor), red pepper, green bell pepper, green onions, disodium inosinate & guanylate, corn syrup solids.
Contains milk & egg.

Litehouse Homestyle Ranch
NuVal Score 8
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 2tbsp. (30g)
Amount Per Serving:
Calories 120
Total Fat 12g
Sat. Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 10mg
Sodium 230mg
Total Carb. 2g
Fiber 0g
Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A (0%DV)
Vitamin C (0%DV)
Calcium (2%DV)
Iron (0%DV)


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