When it comes to favorite salad dressings, many people put ranch at the top of their list.

What’s more, many people treat this tasty, creamy dressing as a condiment, adding it to everything from sandwiches to pizza to French fries.

However, if you eat ranch dressing frequently, you may wonder if you’re racking up lots of calories.

This article takes a look at the calorie content of some popular brands of ranch dressing and reviews some of this condiment’s health effects.

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What’s in ranch dressing?

Traditional ranch salad dressing has a creamy buttermilk base that’s flavored with garlic, mustard, and herbs, including parsley, chives, and dill.

Some brands of bottled ranch dressing are made with yogurt instead of buttermilk. Others get their creamy texture from oil and eggs.

You can also buy ranch dressing as a powdered mix, adding your own milk, mayonnaise, sour cream, yogurt, or buttermilk to customize the creamy base.

The base of the salad dressing has the largest impact on its overall calorie count. It’s where the fat — and therefore most of the calorie content — comes from.

Ranch dressing is a very popular, creamy, herb dressing that some people feel enhances the flavor of everything. Its calorie content varies depending on the ingredients and amount of fat it contains.