I was so happy when I looked at my Hidden Valley Ranch powder and saw that there were zero grams of sugar. I read the ingredient list and didn't see any sugar, corn syrup, or those pesky "ose" ending words (sucrose, fructose, dextrose). I thought I had really hit on something- especially since the ranch dressing we usually used had sugar actually listed as an ingredient! I thought I could just add some homemade (no refined sugar!) yogurt and sour cream to the mix and be good. Right?
I DON'T KNOW!!!
I wanted to know What Is Maltodextrin. Get this! It's a SWEETENER derived from cornstarch! Same thing that HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP is derived from! I'm pretty sure that the fact that it's chemically processed means that it is not a natural sweetener.
Then another ingredient that caught my attention was: monosodium glutamate or MSG. We KNOW that this ingredient isn't good!
The other ingredient that I saw- at the very end of the list- is carboxymethyl cellulose. WHAT?! I googled it- and still don't REALLY get it- but I think it has something to do with a sugar beet! (Not surprising since it does have the "ose" ending) *sigh*
I came to the conclusion that this "alternative" I had came up with really isn't a good alternative after all... So I'll look for recipes that I can spice up myself the next time I want a veggie dip.
Unfortunately, I did enjoy some today, but no more... Because it isn't naturally sweetened. And it's got a bunch of other "bad for me" junk.