How many of you know what is in your salad dressing? You may be able to read the labels at a grocery store but happens when you are in a restaurant? Here is what happened to me during a recent visit to Washington D.C.
I made my salads, at the Whole Foods food bar, across the street from the hotel. I knew that all of the salad dressings would have salt and other ingredients that were not acceptable to me. However, there were no labels on the bottles. I selected the Honey Dijon dressing, assuming it would have the least amount of vinegar.
The Honey Dijon was salty but I liked the flavor enough to eat it four days in a row. In fact, I came home with a craving for the dressing. So, I set out to make my own version of Honey Dijon dressing.
Naturally, I decided to mimic the ingredients. I read the labels of a few different brands. Did you know that dairy products are in some Honey Dijon dressings?
I had no clue and could not believe that eggs were listed in the ingredients for certain brands that were not even in the refrigerated section. To my surprise the Whole Foods brand, 365, was one of them! I still do not understand the need to add eggs to Honey Dijon?
Consequently, the salad that I thought was vegan was most likely vegetarian. I probably ate animal products. Ewww…sticky eggs! That explains the resulting hardened stools and sneezing.
Now that you know that your non-creamy salad dressing may still have dairy products, you might be wondering what else is in the dressing. Let’s take a look at three other ingredients that could make you ill…
Vinegar: Most salad dressings have some kind of vinegar. White vinegar is made by adding sugar and living bacteria to 190 proof alcohol. It is so incredibly acidic that it will dissolve the toughest burn stains in stainless steel pots. Acid causes pain in the body.
Vinegar has been known to cause inflammation in the body and 2nd degree caustic burns in areas like the esophagus. Apple Cider vinegar is milder than white vinegar but the main ingredient is acetic acid and it is also fermented. Fermentation causes fungus in the body.
Canola Oil: This is a genetically modified vegetable oil that is partially hydrogenated. Hexane, a chemical made from crude oil, deodorizes Rapeseed oil (aka Canola Oil). Canola oil contains erucic acid which causes, among other illnesses, fibrotic heart lesions.
Citric Acid: It may sound like it is coming from fruit. However, when it is an additive, it is derived from a GMO black mold called Aspergillus niger. Chemicals like calcium hydroxide and sulphuric acid are used in the process of making the citric acid. Citric acid can cause carcinogens, like benzene, inside food products. Citric Acid has also been reported to cause damage to dental cells.
I usually recommend Annie’s salad dressings because they seem to have the least harmful ingredients. Unfortunately, Annie’s is also using canola oil and the brand is more expensive. This is why I usually make my own.
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