3 Reasons Not to Buy Salad Dressing – And What to Eat Instead

February 21, 2013 | By | 5 Comments

Learn why you should avoid store-bought salad dressings (and what to eat instead)…

Out of all of the diet mistakes you can make, salad dressings top the list. Why? Because if you’re eating veggies with most of your meals (as you should be) you’re consuming lots of salad dressing.

As such, it’s crucial that you choose the right kind. Unfortunately, most of the ones you’ll find in the supermarket don’t make the cut. In fact, here are 3 good reasons why you should avoid store-bought salad dressings altogether (and what to eat instead).

Reason #1: Most are loaded with sugar and other preservatives. Everyone’s obsessed with calories nowadays. And while they matter, a low calorie label doesn’t mean a food is better or even healthier for you. In reality, it’s oftentimes worse.

You see, in order for companies to lure you in with their low-calorie foods, they strip them of fat. But in doing so, they also remove the taste. To make up for this, they add lots of sugar and other preservatives.

So, here you are thinking you’re eating something healthy – something that will help you shed pounds – when in fact you’re doing the exact opposite. All that sugar (and other added junk) makes it that much harder to lose weight – or worse: causing you to gain it.

Reason #2: Most are made with refined vegetable oils. If you thought the first reason was bad, you’re in a for nasty surprise. Refined vegetable oils such as canola, soybean, or sunflower oil are one of the worst things you can put inside your body.

Loaded with omega-6 fats, these lead to inflammation of your cells. And if you haven’t heard, the former is getting the blame for almost every disease possible (e.g. heart disease, cancer, dementia, etc…). There is absolutely no reason to eat refined vegetables oils – especially when there are much healthier alternatives as you’ll soon discover.

Reason #3: They’re expensive. While it’s convenient to throw a few bottles into your shopping cart and be done with the issue of salad dressing, this convenience comes at a cost. You’ve just learned about the price you pay in terms of health. But it hurts your wallet as well.

You can save a lot of money by ditching store-bought dressing altogether and making your own. And not only will you save cash, you’ll better your health and likely lose weight in the process.

Don’t know how to make dressing?

No sweat. It’s actually very easy. All you need is a little bit of olive oil and either red wine (or balsamic) vinegar. You can pour these right on your salad, add some salt, pepper, and oregano, and you’re good to go. Alternatively, you can mix these ingredients in a bottle and store the mix for later.

Now, here are a couple more tips. Substitute the vinegar for lemon if you’re eating veggies such as broccoli and cauliflower. Furthermore, no need for salt, pepper, and oregano with these.

Finally, if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, go all out and make Ranch dressing. I just had a reader recently ask me about this and I found a great recipe at AllRecipes.com. The only thing to watch out for with that recipe is the mayo. You’ll want to buy the one made with olive oil – NOT the highly refined (and inflammatory) canola oil. So, read those labels carefully.

And there you have it. By swapping store-bought dressing with the home-made kind, you’ll make it that much easier for your body to shed the weight. That, plus you’ll improve your health, avoid inflammation, and save yourself some cash – more than enough reasons to make the switch today.

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Comments (5)

  1. Melissa Uttendorfsky

    The olive oil mayonaise has soybean oil in it. I am very sensitive to soy and the canola mayonaise is the only one made without soybean oil that I have found so far.

    • Justin

      Hi Melissa,

      If you can make your own mayonnaise that is the best option always as you can control the ingredients in it, especially if you are sensitive to soy products. There are many easy mayonnaise recipes on the internet to choose from!

  2. How about olive oil and lemon juice dressing?

  3. Judith Lacombe

    I just started this diet and have 3 expensive bottles ofNakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar that I absolutely love. It is a “splash on” dressing (i.e., you don’t need much) and a tablespoon contains 4 grams of carbs (sugar), 230 mg sodium, and 15 calories. I use the Roasted Garlic flavor.

    Can I continue to use this at least until it is gone? My Doctor thought it was fine.


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