The Salad Dressing You Should Never Eat

Portrait of beautiful young woman eating a bowl of healthy organWait…. I thought salads were healthy!?

A salad with store bought dressing is often thought of as a healthier alternative to other foods. However, this very combination may be what is stopping you from burning fat and obtaining your ideal body. Here’s why.

1. Most pre-made salad dressings contain significant amounts of high fructose corn syrup. HFCS is basically a man made sugar that is difficult for the body to process and spikes insulin levels. Insulin is a fat storage hormone so we definitely don’t want that! Also, we all know that large amounts of sugar can lead to more obesity and disease. Definitely a no go for those looking to optimize their weight loss potential.

2. Most dressings contain large amounts of soybean oil and/or canola oil. Contrary to popular knowledge these are definitely not healthy. The oils contain polyunsaturated fats that are oxidized. This can cause swelling and inflammation within your body. Also, soybean oil contains extremely large amounts of omega-6 fatty acids which can throw your omega-3 to omega-6 balance off. Although omega-6 is good for us most of us get too much omega-6 through other sources!

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So yeah.. I’m not about to eat my salad plain. Kudos to you if you can do that but I’m definitely not one of those people! So how can you avoid store bought dressings but still add a kick to your salad? Mix Balsamic Vinegar and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This combination is not only healthy but delicious! Here’s a recipe to show you how to make it!

Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil Dressing

(Makes 1 1/4 cup)

Ingredients:

  • 1 sprig fresh oregano
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

In a medium glass mixing bowl combine the oregano, thyme, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Mix together and pour mixture into a bottle, using a funnel to keep yourself from losing oil. Cover tightly and store at room temperature.

I promise that you’ll love this homemade super-healthy salad dressing! You may not ever want to go back to store bought dressings again!

Do your body a favor by avoiding harmful substances that are found in pre-made salad dressings. You will not only feel better but allow your body to naturally burn fat so that you can hit your fitness goals! If you would like to learn more about “perceived healthy” foods (that realistically aren’t) and learn which foods are optimal for fat burning Click Here!

7 Comments

  • Andrea L.

    Reply Reply April 9, 2015

    Thanks for the tips! It’s not something you think about when you’re eating a salad that’ you think is suppose to be healthy for you! You figure salad is healthy food and most of the time you just grab your favorite dressing at the store and plop it on with out thinking.

  • Melissa

    Reply Reply June 20, 2015

    This is great information to know! My husband loves Balsamic Dressing, so this is a definite score. I however am not the hugest fan and have a slight obsession with Cafe Rio Dressing, which I know can’t be good for me!!!

    This is what goes in it. Do you have any healthy alternatives?

    1 (1 1/4 ounce) package buttermilk ranch salad dressing mix
    1 cup mayonnaise (may use 1/2 mayo and 1/2 sour cream)
    1⁄2 cup buttermilk
    1 -3 tablespoon lime juice, to taste
    1 cup cilantro, packed
    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    3 tomatillos, quartered
    1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    1⁄2 teaspoon cumin
    1⁄2 teaspoon salt
    1⁄2 tablespoon sugar
    Tabasco jalapeno sauce, to taste

  • Prudence

    Reply Reply January 11, 2016

    Holy shiiznt, this is so cool thank you.

  • live music

    Reply Reply June 18, 2016

    Great article.

  • Wilma

    Reply Reply July 27, 2016

    Thanx so much…great help.

  • Rebecca Hayden

    Reply Reply July 27, 2016

    I make a similar dressing, but I add 2 tps of fresh minced garlic.

  • chrislyn hakenson

    Reply Reply August 27, 2016

    another good one. plain yogurt greek is best and a packet of ranch

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