My salad dressing has sugar in it. Do I have to make my own?

By and large, salad dressings are made with unhealthy vegetable oils, so I’ve stopped using them. If, however, you would like to use salad dressing for your portion of “fat” at either lunch or dinner, here’s how to decide whether the amount of sugar is too much…

Find the ingredients list (not the table of nutrition facts—the actual list of ingredients) and count. If “sugar” (any kind of sugar, like cane syrup, honey, agave, or the like) is in the first three ingredients, don’t use it. If sugar (any form of it) is ingredient #4 (or further) on the list, then it’s okay. This rule of thumb works for other packaged foods too, such as marinated tofu or tempeh, cold cuts, pasta sauce, and much more.