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Real Healthy Salad Dressings, Hype on the Rise

by Bethaney Wallace on Jul 27, 2012

The idea of eating healthy is nothing new. Commercials, new products, and upcoming blogs are all dedicated to sharing newsworthy and interesting ways to add nutrients to our diets … without tasting like cardboard mixed with flax seed. Whether every day, every other day, or several times a week, chances are viewers are exposed to all of these mediums on a regular basis. But while the idea of being healthy may be old news, the method in which it takes place is constantly changing and evolving.

Take salad dressings for example. Just a few years ago, when Atkins was fresh on the market and Diets-R-Us’s top selling item, salads came in high demand. In a former world of meat and potatoes, all that is green suddenly hit it big. Lettuce began showing up in more varieties, came pre-packaged, and ready-made salad bars were all the rage. Even the dressings themselves got a makeover. Somehow, distributors found a way to extract carbs from dressings, and began labeling their bottles with Atkins-friendly titles. Fat free, no sugar, and light versions also made the shelves in multiple flavors. Salad lovers and dieters alike were in vitamin-enriched heaven.

The Downside

Like any quick-to-power reign, consumers began to see a downside to their “healthy” salad dressings. These dressings, while claiming to be “good” were soon introducing alternative health problems, some of which have yet to be discovered. Because these dressings were chemically altered to be void of carbs, sugars, or in some cases, fats of any kind, they contain chemicals that allow them to do so. What this means is bleaching, chlorinating, and chemical change ups often take place, creating a whole new set of unhealthy ingredients – unnatural ones. Rather than finding real healthy alternatives, companies created what can be considered as short cuts. True, they may not hold trans fats or carbs, but what they do include is a list of ingredients that can’t be pronounced, along with side effects that are yet to be pinned down. (For more info on the subject, check out a few of our previous blogs.)

Another downside to consuming a salad with zero fat is that many nutrients can’t be gained. Bodies require fat to fuel their digestive system (think of fat as gasoline to a car). Without any fuel, the digestive system (or transmission) can’t properly absorb what its been fed, creating a stalled body and unnecessary waste.

The Solution

By now more and more foodies, companies, and consumers are starting to see the error in their former “fat free” ways. To remedy the potential side effects they may cause, they’re avoiding the substances altogether, as well as offering varying alternatives. Companies themselves are now providing all-natural and organic salad dressings, while products (like the Salad Zinger) are providing consumers with an outlet to infuse their own marinades and dressings at home. Are the concoctions fat free? Absolutely not; no healthy food contains zero fat. Fat is what fuels our bodies and allows them to continue functioning properly. What these options do contain is a healthy dose of natural fats to help your body perform and burn off other stored fats.

When purchasing these types of salad dressings, be sure to carefully scour labels and beware of any “other natural ingredients” labels; they don’t mean anything. Really. And when infusing or flavoring salad dressings at home, be sure to experiment and adjust often for ample creative tasting abilities. The more ingredients you try, the more types of salads you can create – all without adding carbs, preservatives, or any type of modified something-inate.

To get started creating your own tasty and healthy dressings today, check out the products tab above.