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Hidden Valley vs. Simply Organic

Battle of the Ranch Dip Mixes

Creamy ranch dip is the perfect partner for potato chips and veggies, but it may not seem so appetizing when you discover the hidden MSG. Salt and MSG are within the first three ingredients of Hidden Valley Ranch Dip, boosting its sodium content. Simply Organic Ranch Dip Mix is much lower in sodium, has no MSG, and is made with organic ingredients.


Savvy Alert:

MSG (monosodium glutamate)



Used toenhance flavour in foods, MSG is one of the most complained-about food additives. Common symptoms related to MSG use include headaches, asthma, chest pains, blurred vision, hot flashes, sweating and heart palpitations.

Savvy Pick

Using MSG in a dip is a surefire way for Hidden Valley to make a tasty, 'can't eat just one' snack; but given that MSG is linked to an increased appetite in lab animals, that's something to consider when you're enjoying the dip with chips that are already hard to stop eating.


Andrea Donksy & Randy Boyer are the creaters of Naturally Savvy. The Information comes from their great new book Unjiunk Your Junk Food. Visit naturallysavvy.com