✨Healthy Foods That Might Not Be So Heathy✨- Salad Dressings
Salads can be a healthy source of nutrients but salad dressings may be the opposite of that. Many store bought salad dressings have sucralose, msg, high fructose corn syrup, highly refined oils, artificial flavoring, gmo crops, artificial preservatives...and the list goes on 👎🏻.
The problem with many store bought salad dressings is that the ingredients mentioned above are linked to:
❌Inflammation-too many omega 6’s in the oils fuel the path for inflammation in the body. (1)
❌Heart disease- the oxidized fatty acids go rancid and can lead to atherosclerosis (2)
❌Gut disruption- the crops used are GMO and heavily sprayed with pesticides that alter your microbiome and good bacteria (3)
❌Increased cancer risk- long-term studies have found a link between high fructose corn syrup intake and cancer risk (4)
❌Weight gain - long term studies show that excessive quantities of HFCS may play a key role in obesity (5)
While it might be tempting to grab a ‘fat free’ salad dressing there are some better choices out there. Don’t be afraid to nourish your body with healthy oils!
The benefits of incorporating healthy oils (olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil) in your diet are incredible. They contain antioxidants, can reduce hypertension, reduce the loss of calcium, help with nutrient absorption, protective against eye disease and are healthy for your colon 👍🏻 (6).
Your body will thank you for drizzling this on your salad! And the BEST CHOICE is homemade!
👉🏻Remember, a 👎🏻 doesn’t mean you now have cancer and are going to die. Or that you're body is full of one of the illnesses mentioned above. Or you’re a bad person. It purely means... it has some artificial chemicals added to it that aren’t the best for your body, and there’s a better choice out there that can help on your health journey.
1. Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Jun;83(6 Suppl):1505S-1519S. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/83.6.1505S
2. N Engl J Med. 1997 Nov 20;337(21):1491-9.
3. J of Biomedicine Biotechnology doi: 10.1155/JBB.2005.326
4. Integr Cancer Ther. 2003 Dec;2(4):315-29.
5. Lancet. 2001 Feb 17;357(9255):505-8.
6. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2017