I went grocery shopping yesterday which involved going to three different grocery stores. I had some time to spare so I took advantage of the opportunity to take a really close look at the ingredients on the various bottles of salad dressings at each store. If you've been following my blog, you will know that I checked out the salad dressings at Whole Foods recently as well and made a disgusting discovery.
Considering the toxins and unhealthy ingredients I found, I am more convinced than ever that diabetics who are serious about reversing their diabetes (and maintaining a healthy lifestyle after they do so) should make their own salad dressings. I have yet to find a commercially prepared dressing that doesn't contain something that would be really bad for someone with diabetes or anyone who wants to remain healthy.
The vast majority of non-organic salad dressing ingredient labels I read contained high fructose corn syrup which is known to contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes and also makes reversing type 2 diabetes nearly impossible! Most bottles also contained partially hydrogenated oils and/or genetically modified oils, two other major ingredients to avoid. Many also contained canola oil which contains trans fat and is almost always genetically modified (GMO)! They also often contained MSG and other artificial flavor enhancers. These are all toxic ingredients, especially for the diabetic. I found no exceptions to this - not one - and I looked at every salad dressing bottle on the shelf at all three stores!
What about organic salad dressings? Bottled organic salad dressings were definitely an improvement but, and this is a really big but, almost every one I picked up contained canola oil, which again has trans fat. It's also been show to raise blood sugar levels and cause other metabolic disorders, even if it is organic canola oil. You should also keep in mind that most supposedly non-GMO canola is contaminated with GMO canola because all varieties of rapeseed, including canola, are wind pollinated. There's so much GMO canola grown now (approximately 80% and rising), it is contaminating wild rapeseed to a very significant degree. You do not want to eat canola of any kind, including organic! It is toxic poison.
You can choose all the ingredients in home made salad dressings and actually make them into healthy super foods that can help you reverse your diabetes and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Remember, food is medicine for the diabetic! You can use ingredients like fresh organic lemon, organic apple cider vinegar, fresh herbs, fresh organic onion, fresh organic garlic, fresh organic fruit with lots of fiber and healthy antioxidants, and organic nuts. You can also use organic sour cream and yogurt to include probiotics in your salad dressing.
Home made salad dressings also taste much better than anything you can buy in the store. What does this mean? If you have a really tasty salad dressing you will want to eat more salads which is one of the healthiest things a diabetic can eat. Diabetics should be eating lots of dark green leafy vegetables and a variety of other salad veggies like cucumbers and tomatoes.
Of course, the easiest salad dressing is just to mix a teaspoon of healthy oil like extra virgin olive oil or nut oils with organic apple cider vinegar or fresh organic lemon plus sea salt and herbs to taste. However, you can of course also make some amazing creamy dressings as well. I've been experimenting a lot and creating my own recipes and I plan to add some of the best of these to my diabetic recipes blog.
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