Your Salad Dressing Could Make a Difference: Here's Why. January 04, 2016 07:37
Craving for salad- one with lots of fresh greens and tasty juicy meat?
Well go ahead and indulge! That is, if your salad is made of all the good stuff.
You don’t want to be eating what’s supposed to be healthy because you put all fresh greens and the crunchiest of fruits there then suddenly feel guilty.
What could be the reason? Your dressing!
It is convenient to simply get a jar from your local grocery but that dressing could be a reason why you defeat the purpose of a healthy salad.
Yes they save you time but in general, they don’t have much to offer other than convenience.
Here are 4 things you want to think about when you dress your next salad.
So the label says low-fat, low-calorie. Is it good then?
You still want the healthy kind of fats which you will not find in a bottle of this popular salad dressing.
While mayo has omega-6, without omega-3 (which is missing in most commercial mayonnaise) for a healthy ratio, you put yourself at risk.
This product also has 1 gram of sugar for every tablespoon and contains additives, preservatives and monosodium glutamate.
How do you avoid the health risks? Make your own with olive oil instead.
Look at these numbers: 1274 calories, 136 grams of fats including saturated and trans and a staggering sodium content of 2533 mg and cholesterol of 92mg – all these for each serving of 235 g.
How fattening it can be is unimaginable!
Olive oil: a healthier oil
Who hasn’t heard of olive oil? Did you know that it has anti-inflammatory properties like ibuprofen?
Using it as salad dressing could yet be the best choice.
A study also proved that with olive oil, absorption of nutrients from fruits and vegetables becomes much more efficient.
And there are other benefits too:
- It’s comprised of healthy fats called monounsaturated fatty acids that help lower levels of bad cholesterol, LDL (low-density lipoprotein).
- It increases levels of good cholesterol or HDL (high-density lipoprotein).
- EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) is rich in antioxidants that help strengthen the immune system, providing you better chances at fighting damages that may be caused by free radicals.
Your health is your wealth
Your health being your concern, you naturally go for healthy salads.
Thus you want to make sure that after you carefully pick the best ingredients, you keep it consistently healthy by making sure your dressing is equally healthy, i.e. no additives, no chemicals, no preservatives, no unhealthy fats, etc.
Be mindful of the ingredients that go into your salad dressing.
The best way is to make your own. Not only do you promote a fitter and better you, you also hone your kitchen skills in the process.
There’s also free help everywhere. Now is a great time to try out those recipes your mother has been keeping for years.
You can also turn to online help. There are a lot of free recipes for homemade dressings.
When selecting ingredients, be mindful of healthier substitutions for those that pose a potential health risk. For instance, if the recipe calls for some sugar, try using honey instead.
When you next make your salad, indulge with delight minus the guilt by keeping the dressings healthy too!
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