• Raul Cardoso

Store/Bought Food Dressings, The Hidden Bad Boys

If you're opting for homemade or natural foods for good health, you may be undoing the benefits when you use store/bought food dressings such as ready to eat salad dressings, dijon, mustard, mayo, ketchup, vinaigrette, and marinades.

Bottled and restaurant pre-made dressings contain loads of calories, sodium, sugar, saturated fat, artificial flavours, artificial colors, and preservatives. Some of them contain full-fat dairy ingredients and trans fats.

Many people use much more than a standard serving of dressing when eating out or at home. The calories, added sugars, sodium, and saturated fat add up, especially when you think you're having a healthy meal topped with some dressing, the tasty hidden bad boys.

As an example, a Humus and Falafel salad from the British retailer Pret a Manger, contains 655 calories, 13% are fats (45.7 grams), 14% carbs (48.7 grams) and 3% protein (10.5 grams), sounds like a good choice for lunch, but not really if you are adding the dressing that comes with it; 294 extra calories, 61% are fats (30.8 grams), that is 44% of the daily reference intake for adults in the UK according to the NHS.

Avoid Or Reduce Store/Bought Food Dressings Or Find A Better One

Having a salad with no dressing might seem like a crazy idea for many. What about having just a bit of it? If you don't have access to natural ingredients, give it a go and see how it goes; your palette will adapt quickly and you will be able to feel the real taste of real fresh food, If you have the choice of natural ingredients, experiment using olive oil, wine, cider, balsamic, any herbs and spices, preferably fresh, such as garlic, pepper, lemon or lime juice. They provide great taste and are very low in calories, fats, and carbs.

Herbs and spices have many incredible health properties. For example, ginger and turmeric both have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, leading to various health benefits.

Due to their powerful benefits, you should try to include as many herbs and spices as possible in your diet.

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