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Best Dip Brands

2012 Food Awards

Dips are hardly ever eaten alone, but require a good chip or crackers. The dips themselves can offer a lot nutritionally, but can become a calorie bomb when eaten with salty or fattening chips and crackers. If you're eating in moderation then choosing the best dip possible won't be a problem for you.

Nutrition Criteria

< 70 calories, 0 trans fat, <3g fat < 1g saturated fat or < 15% of total calories, > 2g fiber, < 150mg of sodium, < 3g sugar, at least 10% of the Daily Value for vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, or calcium.


  1. Alouette Light Garlic and Herbs Spread: This met our nutritional guidelines, but fell short with the most calories (45) and did not have enough daily value of vitamins to be crowded winner.

  2. Wholly Salsa's Classic Mild: would have been named Best Dip but it was just over the sodium criteria by 10mg. A no-salt tortilla chip would help make up the difference on this favorite.

  3. Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus: This made the cut with a generous 70 calories for two tablespoons, but it offered no vitamins.

  4. Newman's Own Mild Salsa: This is practically nothing with 10 calories, but it more sodium than the winner.

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