Salad without salad dressing is almost unthinkable. Often, your healthy bowl of greens is not well served by commercial dressings, filled with unhealthy ingredients such as white sugar, white vinegar, poor quality refined oils, GMOs and loads of preservatives and flavour enhancers.
Oils used in salad dressings are extremely sensitive to light, heat, oxygen and free radicals and can become damaged during the refinement process. Damaged essential fats can wreak havoc in your body’s cells, so look for unrefined oils to ensure the greatest nutrition.
Almost all commercial salad dressings have too many Omega-6 fats (soy, canola and corn) and not enough healing Omega-3 and Omega-9 fats (flax, hemp, fish, olive and avocado). If you're healing from an illness or inflammatory condition, take a higher amount of Omega-3s from flax, hemp, walnut and fish oil.
Short for polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monostearate, this emulsifier is widely used in the food industry. A preservative made from corn, palm oil and petroleum, polysorbate 60 is being watched closely because of health concerns.
MSG is a favourite among food manufacturers because it brings out the flavour of many foods. The downside of MSG is that it can cause various and severe allergic reactions, including headaches, nausea and burning sensations at the back of the neck and forearms. Beware of MSG disguised in food products under different names. For example, hydrolyzed vegetable protein is a source of MSG, among many others.
Many commercial salad dressings contain GMOs – an amalgamation of GMO canola, soy and corn oil can all make an appearance in just one bottle! If you are purchasing a prepared salad dressing, ensure all of the ingredients are organic.
Fish oil has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect that can reduce joint tenderness, pain and stiffness. Not only is fish oil a good pain reliever, it also supports a positive mood! In countries where fish makes up a large part of the diet, national rates of depression are lower. Don’t be scared of the taste — when you use a high-quality, lemon-flavoured fish oil, it easily blends into a Caesar Salad with delicious garlic and anchovies!
Hemp oil is the perfect way to get an ideal Omega-3 : Omega-6 ratio – including the rare EFA known as Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA). Testimonials have shown that GLA alone may help with arthritis, joint mobility, eczema, hormonal balance, migraines, menopause, healthy cholesterol, blood pressure levels and weight management. GLA also helps promote healthy skin and hair. You can even try some hemp oil in your next batch of homemade beauty products!
Olive oil is a fantastic anti-inflammatory tool. It has been shown to reduce colon and breast cancer, lower “bad” blood cholesterol (LDL), reduce the risk of gallstones and offer protection from ulcers & gastrointestinal discomfort.