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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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