Salad Dressings and Mayonnaise are Naturally Trans Fat Free

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To help educate consumers about trans fat, the Association has developed educational information on their Web site, http://www.dressings-sauces.org, to answer some of the most often asked questions.

More good news about salad dressings and mayonnaise: they don’t contain trans fat. The Association for Dressings and Sauces, an international trade association of salad dressing and mayonnaise manufacturers and their suppliers, wants consumers to know there are lots of benefits to consuming salads and one of the best reasons is that salad dressings and mayonnaise are, and have always been, trans fat free.

To help educate consumers about trans fat, the Association has developed educational information on their Web site, http://www.dressings-sauces.org, to answer some of the most often asked questions.

What are trans fats?

Trans fats are unsaturated fatty acids formed when natural, liquid vegetable oils are processed to make them more solid or more stable. This processing is called hydrogenation. Trans fats also occur naturally in low amounts in some foods.

Do mayonnaise and salad dressings contain trans fat?

Trans fats are not found in mayonnaise or the vast majority of salad dressings. Natural, liquid vegetable oils versus partially hydrogenated oils are a primary ingredient in salad dressings, such as soybean, canola, corn, olive, safflower and sunflower oils. These liquid vegetable oils are naturally lower in saturated fats and are trans-fat free. Other ingredients used in some salad dressings contribute only miniscule, if any, amounts of trans fats. So load up on healthy salads and sandwiches for the holidays and as part of your New Year's resolutions and don’t hold the dressing or the mayo.

For more information or to request an informative new brochure about the health benefits of salad dressings and sauces, “The Good News About Salad Dressings and Sauces,” please visit the Association for Dressings and Sauces’ Web site at http://www.dressings-sauces.org.

The Association for Dressings and Sauces is an international trade association representing the manufacturers of salad dressings and condiment sauces and the suppliers to that industry.

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