Monday, July 16, 2012

Bad News Bears: The Frightening Truth About Salad Dressing

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Let me set the scene: You're at a restaurant. Your friend gets a burger. You're tempted to do the same thing, but you fight the urge and finally settle on a salad. You feel great. You pat yourself on the back. You say 'Great job, Self. I'm proud of you.' Then post-congratulations, you slather that salad with salad dressing and down the drain goes your attempt to eat healthy and consciously.

So what happened? Where did you go wrong? You thought you were doing so good!!

Let me break it down for you... that salad dressing is sometimes worse than the burger you just passed up!

Most store-bought salad dressing contains hydrogenated oils, preservatives and artificial flavors. They're usually packed with sugar and are high in fat to top if off. When you consider that a serving size of salad dressing is usually only 2 tablespoons and the average person (me included) uses much much more, your caloric and fat intake skyrocket.

To burst yet another bubble, choosing a salad at fast-food chains can be the worst idea you've had all day. Now I know most of you NEVER EVER eat at fast food chains (wink wink), but just in case you do, check out these salad stats...

  • Wendy's Mandarin Chicken Salad - 540 calories and 25 grams of fat
  • Arby's Chopped Farmhouse Chicken Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing - 650 calories and 46 grams of fat
  • Chick-fil-A's Chick-n-Strips Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing - 620 calories and 39 grames of fat
  • Taco Bell's Chipotle Steak Taco Salad - 900 calories and 57 grams of fat

With that being said, it's extremely easy to make your own salad dressings, meaning YOU control what goes into your body. Your salad suddenly becomes healthy again, and you can pile on the dressing if you so choose!

Click the link below for some healthy and EASY salad dressing recipes...

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