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The Truth About Abs
by Mike Geary, Best-Selling Fitness Author

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If you want to eat truly healthy, support your fat loss goals, and avoid some of the nasty additives in processed food, one thing you should eliminate is typical store-bought salad dressing.

I personally NEVER buy pre-made salad dressings from the store anymore, and here's why:
Salad dressing to never eat
1. Almost all store-bought salad dressings contain fairly large amounts of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Unless you're in a health food store, it's almost impossible to find a salad dressing that doesn't contain large amounts of HFCS.

2. Almost all store-bought salad dressings contain heavily refined soybean oil and/or refined canola oil... both of which are VERY unhealthy. Yes, that's correct, canola oil IS unhealthy, despite the marketing propaganda you've been fed claiming that it's healthy. You can read more about why canola oil is NOT healthy here.

Due to the refining process of both soybean or canola oils, the polyunsaturated component of the oils is oxidized and makes these oils very inflammatory inside your body. In addition, soybean oil is WAY too high in omega-6 fatty acids which throws your omega-6 to omega-3 balance out of whack.

We know that olive oil is healthier, but when it comes to store-bought dressings... Even salad dressings that claim to be "made with olive oil" on the FRONT label are deceptive, because if you read the ingredients on the BACK label, they are almost ALWAYS made of mostly refined soybean oil or canola oil as the main oil, with only a very small amount of actual olive oil as a secondary oil.

So here's how to avoid all of these horrendously unhealthy store-bought salad dressings and make your own quick ...    Continue

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@ 6:15am ET on August 19, 2010 hey Mike, my name is Sophia, I read your articles and have to say i really like the fact that not only you give advice on what`s healthy and not, you also make suggestions about easy and healthy food combos...
so, since I live in Greece and follow the Mediterranean diet, i suggest you should use some oregano on your salad dressings as well...I often mix olive oil, oregano, onion powder, balsamic vinegar or lemon juice depending on the veggies...good luck:-)
@ 2:57pm ET on August 20, 2010 I went to this website from calling 1888Medifast and they said to come to this website, but I don't see anything about Medifast. I did however see your wonderful salad dressing recipe, which I am going to make tonight. What is the deal with this website and medifast?
@ 1:17pm ET on September 15, 2010 Good recipe, but I am not certain that the Udo's oil is really needed. We (Americans at least) get too much Omega 6 in our diet as it is. Flaxseed oil or Canola oil would actually be a better mix in with the olive oil, as both are the highest vegetable source of the essential omega-3 fatty acids.
@ 4:36pm ET on September 15, 2010 Hi creamyblond, thanks for the input... you're exactly right...Americans DO get way too much omega-6 in relation to omega-3. However, the Udo oil is already heavily weighted in favor of omega-3 (I think a 3:1 ratio), plus there are some other benefits with some of the minor oils mixed in Udo's, such as the algae oil (DHA), the oat bran oil, coconut oil, etc.

Although, like you said, just plain flax would be fine too... but I do think that the Udo's has a better taste compared to plain flax.

Now as for canola... despite heavy marketing claiming this is a healthy oil, nothing could be further from the truth. Read this to see why canola oil is actually a VERY unhealthy oil:

http://www.truthaboutabs.com/the-canola-oil-deception.html

Best wishes!

Mike
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