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The Calories in a Dollop Could Pack a Wallop

Posted by: Martha Rardin   |   Friday, January 27, 2012   |   Latest Articles   |   Back to Blog


What’s in a dab of this or a dollop of that? Condiments, toppings, and dressings don’t pack many calories ... or do they?

The answer is – some don’t and some do. If you are counting calories, use caution. When I counsel folks on how to lose weight or maintain their weight, I suggest they limit the “extras” or “others” to 150 calories a day. What are extras or others? These food items could be the oil you use to sauté vegetables or meat, it could be the dressing you pour onto a salad or event the sour cream you drop onto your baked potato.

Limiting these “extras” to 150 calories a day isn’t difficult, but it does require close attention to portion sizes.

If you aren’t watching condiments you can easily add 300+ calories to your meal. Here are a few calorie listings to help you understand how quickly you can pick up calories in the little “extras.”                               

1 teaspoon olive oil

40 calories

2 tablespoons  olive oil

240 calories

1 tablespoon sour cream

26 calories

3 tablespoons sour cream

77 calories

1 tablespoon liquid non-dairy creamer

20 calories

3 tablespoons liquid non-dairy creamer

60 calories

1 tablespoon ranch dressing

73 calories

4 tablespoons ranch dressing

290 calories

1 tablespoon ketchup

15 calories

4 tablespoon ketchup

58 calories

1 teaspoon mayonnaise

19 calories

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

57 calories


The calories source for many condiments is fat, meaning that means they pack a lot of calories into small portion sizes. So, carefully watch that drizzle, splash, handful, or dash. They may be the difference between gaining and losing a few pounds!

~Martha Rardin

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