WHAT'S IN HIDDEN VALLEY RANCH DRESSING?

WHAT'S IN HIDDEN VALLEY RANCH DRESSING?

RANCH SALAD DRESSING - CLOSEST TO HOMEMADE™

Ranch is by far the #1 salad dressing in the U.S. 

If Ranch is Your favorite, take a look at what’s in the leading ranch dressings and see which brands are Closest To Homemade™.

HIDDEN VALLEY RANCH DRESSING: Owned by the cleaning-centric The Clorox Company, Hidden Valley Ranch is the #1 brand of Ranch dressing in the U.S.

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According to Statista 2019, only 9% of Americans have NOT used at least one bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing in the past 30 days. 

No surprise given that the majority of The Clorox Company’s Hidden Valley Ranch products contain added sugar and notorious flavor enhancer Monosodium Glutamate (a.k.a. MSG).

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HIDDEN VALLEY LIGHT RANCH DRESSING IS FAR FROM HOMEMADE™: With 16 ingredients Not In Kitchen™ >> items which would not be in our kitchens if we were at home making ranch dressing from scratch >> Hidden Valley Light Ranch dressing has numerous commercial ingredients including artificial flavor and artificial color, MSG, sweeteners, thickening agents, flavor enhancers, chemical preservatives + commercial emulsifiers. (Source for Hidden Valley ingredients: Hidden Valley Web site 2/10/19)

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HIDDEN VALLEY LIGHT RANCH DRESSING TRIGGERED AN ALLERGIC REACTION IN A CHILD. Based on a comment on the Hidden Valley Web site, a child’s face swelled up when the girl ate Hidden Valley Light Ranch dressing. 

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With ingredients most of us have never heard of and certainly have never purchased for home use (e.g., Disodium Guanylate, Calcium Disodium Ethylenediaminetraacetic Acid), are you surprised a little body would react to this combination of chemicals?

THE CLOROX COMPANY’S HIDDEN VALLEY RANCH DRESSINGS ARE BANNED AT WHOLE FOODS MARKET.  Multiple items in Hidden Valley Ranch dressings are cited as “unacceptable in food” by Whole Foods Market who bans products which contain these ingredients like MSG, Artificial Flavor, Artificial Color, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate and Calcium Disodium Ethylenediaminetraacetic Acid. (Source: Whole Foods Web site 2/19)

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Hidden Valley Greek Ranch dressing has 4 ingredients which are banned at Whole Foods, while the original Hidden Valley Ranch has 5 banned ingredients and Hidden Valley Light Ranch has 6 banned ingredients.

WATER IS THE #1 INGREDIENT IN HIDDEN VALLEY LIGHT RANCH DRESSING. Ingredients are always listed in descending order of amount >> there is the most amount of the ingredient listed first and the least amount of the ingredient listed last. 

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Q: Do you put water in a creamy homemade dressing?

The use of so much water in Hidden Valley Light Ranch dressing requires the inclusion of three thickening agents >> Modified Corn Starch, Modified Food Starch and Xanthan Gum.

Even though water is the primary ingredient, see how it says “Thick & Creamy” on the bottle front >> these Not In Kitchen™ When Making Ranch Dressing thickening agents are part of what creates that consistency.

If we purchase Hidden Valley Light Ranch Dressing we are paying for water and then we are paying for the thickeners which compensate for all the water + Artificial Color + Artificial Flavor + Commercial Flavor Enhancers + Emulsifiers + Preservatives. These ingredients are all Not In Kitchen™ and are Far From Homemade™.

THE HIDDEN VALLEY LIGHT RANCH PRODUCT IN THE EASY SQUEEZE BOTTLE IS NOT THE SAME PRODUCT AS THE UPRIGHT PLASTIC BOTTLE. The Hidden Valley Light Ranch Easy Squeeze bottle contains several more ingredients than the upright plastic bottle, like corn oil and purées to make the product easier to extract, but . . . they have also added yet another ingredient which is banned by Whole Foods Market >> Potassium Sorbate. 

So, the Easy Squeeze Hidden Valley Light Ranch is a different formula and contains 7 ingredients which are banned at Whole Foods (vs. the upright bottle which contains 6 banned ingredients).

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HIDDEN VALLEY FAT FREE RANCH >> THE FIRST FOUR INGREDIENTS ARE WATER, CORN SYRUP, MALTODEXTRIN AND SUGAR. This Fat Free Hidden Valley Ranch is higher in sugar than the base brand and the Light version and contains six ingredients which are banned at Whole Foods Market including Artificial Color, MSG (Monosodium Glutamate), Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Tertiary Butylhydroquinone and Calcium Disodium Ethylenediaminetraacetic Acid.

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If we purchase Hidden Valley Fat Free Ranch Dressing we are paying for water and sweeteners + carcinogenic flavor enhancers  + other flavor enhancers + artificial color + multiple chemical preservatives.

Imagine what a delicious, healthier and less expensive Ranch dressing we could make ourselves at home from scratch. Yum!

HIDDEN VALLEY SIMPLY RANCH DRESSING IS FAR FROM HOMEMADE™. On the Hidden Valley Web site with regard to the Simply Ranch product it states, “As close to homemade as you’ll get with bottled ranch.” Since this blog is all about identifying brands which are Closest To Homemade™, let’s see if this Hidden Valley Simply Ranch product is, in fact, “As close to homemade as you’ll get with bottled ranch”. 
It’s not. Hidden Valley Simply Ranch contains 8 ingredients which are Not In Kitchen™ when making Ranch dressing at home from scratch >> Water is the #1 ingredient. The Simply Ranch dressing contains added Sugar, Commercial Natural Flavors, Corn Starch, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Natamycin and Mixed Tocopherols.

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RANCH DRESSING COMPARISON

Let’s compare Hidden Valley Ranch dressing to two of the Closest To Homemade™ brands, Non-GMO Project Verified Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Ranch and Organic Tessemae’s Creamy Ranch.

Q: From an ingredient perspective, which one looks the most appetizing to you?

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ADDED SWEETENERS ARE FOUND IN MANY RANCH DRESSINGS. Although we would not add sugar to a homemade ranch dressing, many mass-produced commercial dressings like Hidden Valley contain added sweeteners to enhance the taste and increase the odds of repeat purchases.

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CLOSEST TO HOMEMADE™ RANCH DRESSINGS: These delicious ranch dressings include brands which have no added sugar, no added flavors or colors, no artificial preservatives, no yeast extract and are dairy free >> refrigerated Tessemae’s Organic Ranch Varieties, Non-GMO Project Verified Sir Kensington’s Buffalo Ranch Only and Primal Kitchen Ranch dressings made with avocado oil., one of which is Vegan Ranch.

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