Which salad dressings are unhealthy or healthy?
Most salad dressings that you buy at the grocery store or get at most restaurants are pure junk...
Although some salad dressings are high in sugar or high fructose corn syrup, probably the main problem with most salad dressings is that they are made with highly refined and processed oils... usually refined soybean oil (or other mostly polyunsaturated refined oils). These oils are inflammatory to the body and also too high in omega-6 fatty acids.
Even the dressings that claim to be "healthy" at the store are usually made with highly refined canola oil... but there's not much healthy about that either (despite the marketing of canola oil as healthy).
The solution to this is NOT to avoid any oils at all in salad dressings... remember that healthy fats are actually important for helping you to absorb a lot of the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from the vegetables in your salad. And I'm simply not a fan at all of most "fat-free" products as they usually have extra sugars and other junk.
The only way around this is to make your own home-made salad dressings instead of buying the junk at the grocery store, and add your own healthy oils.
Although most "fat-free" products are typically full of junk, I like to try to find an organic fat-free balsamic salad dressing or red wine vinegar dressing, and then I add half of the container to a new bottle and fill the remainder with a mixture of extra-virgin olive oil, Udo's Choice EFA Oil (can be found at health food stores... if not, just use only olive oil), and organic balsamic or red wine vinegar (and a few extra herbs and spices if you wish).
This way, you're in control and making a salad dressing using healthy oils instead of the processed refined soybean oils that almost all commercial salad dressings use.
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