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The Dangers of Salad Dressing and How to Make Your Own

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Jesse Soberal

Jesse Soberal is a vegan activist who was born and raised in New York City. He spent much of his youth like every other city kid playing sports, listening to Hip Hop music and eating lots of fatty meats and junk food.

Eventually in his 20's he developed health issues such and asthma, acid reflux and one doctor told him he had unhealthy sperm and might never have kids. Out of frustration he began researching on why he was so unhealthy. This lead to a slow but steady transformation to a healthier life style of plant based dieting and no processed food.

Jesse has now been a vegan for over 4 years and is a proud father of 2 healthy boys. His experience has lead him to spread awareness of the power of a plant based diet, animal cruelty, and environmental concerns. He is involved with many grass roots organizations striving to create change in NYC and can be reached on his Instagram page @vegantake0ver
Jesse Soberal

There’s nothing like a fresh delicious salad. There’s so many amazing combinations you can make using different leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, grains and beans. Eating salads is a great way to expand your taste buds and often explore different flavors you never knew existed. Salads are an amazing way to incorporate living, raw foods into your diet which are packed with different nutrients. The problem is once you bring a store-bought salad dressing into the equation, everything changes.

Store bought salad dressings are often loaded with tons of unhealthy ingredients such as vegetable oils, preservatives, artificial flavors, colors, excess salt, sugars, Gmos and many more.

Vegetable oils:

Most salad dressing use oils made from genetically engineered soy, canola, corn and cotton seed. These crops are grown using massive amounts of pesticides, which can wind up inside of the food. GMOs have many health dangers including damaging your gut bacteria. You can avoid Gmos by purchasing organic salad dressings but even if these oils are organic they are still extremely unhealthy. The manufacturing steps required to extract the oil and refine it so that it looks clean and edible turn the molecules of oil fat (called polyunsaturated fat) into mutant fats that include trans fat and other compounds that are extremely bad for you. These vegetable oils also have a ton of omega 6 fatty acids which are very unhealthy and not enough omega 3 fatty acids which the body needs and are good for you.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG):

An artificial flavor enhancer linked to nerve cell damage, chronic migraines and weight gain is often found in salad dressings.

High Fructose Corn Syrup:

Causes diabetes, damages the immune system and speeds up the aging process.

Caramel Color:

Contains a contaminant called 4-methylimidazole which is known to cause cancer.

Polysorbate 80:

A flammable defoamer, which is mutagenic and may cause adverse reproductive effects.

Titanium Dioxide:

A paint chemical used to make colors brighter. Sometimes it’s contaminated with lead. It’s often listed on ingredient lists as “colors added.

Potassium Sorbate:

A preservative that keeps a salad dressing from spoiling without refrigeration for several months.

So what’s the solution? Make it yourself!!! Use healthy oils to make your salad dressing such as hemp seed oil, olive oil, flax-seed oil and sesame seed oil. Opt for organic whenever possible and cold pressed oils. These oils are high in omega 3s but don’t have a lot of omega 6s. Below I’ve listed a few of my favorite homemade salad dressings using healthy oils and one oil free dressing. There are literally thousands of different homemade dressings you can make.

Salad dressing recipe #1

Italian Herb:

  • 1/4 cup hemp oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • Sea Salt
  • Pepper
Salad dressing recipe #2

Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup flax-seed oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 3 fresh garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon Onion powder
  • Sea Salt
  • Pepper
Salad dressing recipe #3

Lemon Vinaigrette:

  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon Onion powder
  • Sea Salt
  • Pepper

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