My all-time favorite dressing used to be Wish Bone’s Western French Dressing. That is, until I perused their ingredient list: soybean oil, vinegar (cider, distilled), sugar, water, tomato paste, pimentos (pimentos, water, citric acid), salt. Contains 2% or less of each of the following: onion powder, brown sugar, caramel color, natural flavor, spice, xanthan gum, paprika extractives, propylene glycol alginate, calcium disodium edta (used to protect quality).
Very few of these ingredients are on the top of my “this-would-be-healthy-to-eat” list.
Common ingredients in store-bought dressing
soybean oil -
- contains goitrogens which lead to depressed thyroid function
- is loaded with phytoestrogens which sometimes block the hormone estrogen and have adverse effects on human tissues
- is linked to:
- breast cancer
– brain damage
– infant abnormalities
– thyroid disorders
– kidney stones
– immune system impairment
– severe, potentially fatal food allergies
– impaired fertility
– danger during pregnancy and nursing
The health risks of eating any food containing soy is much longer than this small list. Read more about the dangers of soy in The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food by Kaayla T. Daniel
- promotes an elevation of harmful cholesterol (LDLs)
- increases the risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
- is stripped of all nutrients, making the body “borrow” vitamins and minerals from its own tissues
- depresses the immune system
- raises insulin levels
- feeds cancer and candida
- consumption in America is one of the 3 major causes of degenerative disease (according to the American Dietetic Association and American Diabetic Association)
- contributes to:
- food allergies
– toxemia during pregnancy
– weight gain
– free radical formation in the bloodstream
– kidney damage
– tooth decay
– damage to the pancreas
– premature aging
– hyperactivity in children
– weakening of eyesight
– the risk of heart disease and autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, asthma, and multiple sclerosis
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. I’m talking about processed white sugar mostly. However, there is still reason to be careful with any sugar product because of the very common health issue called candida. Read more about the dangers of sugar in Sugar Blues by William Duffy.
caramel coloring -
- causes tumors in laboratory animals
- diminishes immune function
- forms free radicals
- can contain gluten
natural flavor - sounds like it should be something derived from nature but is really a word that contains:
- and can cause allergic reactions
propylene glycol alginate – a chemical combination of propylene glycol with free alginic acid. Propylene glycol has been reported as a problem if you have liver or kidney problems. It can be dangerous to children in large oral dosage because it behaves like a general anesthetic causing seizures. FYI, propylene glycol is often one of the largest ingredients in cosmetics.
Healthy homemade dressing
What happened after all this research is that I decided to make my own dressing. (Big surprise, huh.) Finding a recipe for French Dressing isn’t too hard – the problem is finding one without some type of sugar.
I finally came across one that I could modify without completely up-heaving the entire recipe. We’ve been using it for several months now and have really grown to love it.
Sugar-Free French Dressing (gluten-free, candida-diet)
1/2 c. homemade ketchup
1/2 c. raw apple cider vinegar
1/4 c. water
1 t. celtic sea salt
1/4 t. onion powder
1/4 t. garlic powder
stevia, to taste
3/4 c. olive oil – added last, and pour in VERY slowly
1. Pour the homemade ketchup in blender. Add raw apple cider vinegar, water, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder. Blend well.
2. Start the blender and open the cap just a little. You want to pour the olive oil in VERY, VERY slowly. If you pour it in less than 2 minutes, you’re going too fast. The slower you pour the more the ingredients can emulsify and your end product will not separate in the refrigerator.
3. Add a sprinkle of stevia at a time and keep blending and tasting until it is sweetened to your liking. Your dressing should be a nice, bright orange color.
Note: Because this dressing includes olive oil, it does thicken when refrigerated. To solve this, I simply let it set on the counter for a bit or run warm tap water over it to warm it up.
Now go make yourself a great big salad, pour on some dressing, and enjoy eating to your health!
What’s your favorite homemade dressing?
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