Rethink The Grocery List

Making Small Changes to Incorporate Whole & Plant Based Foods

Each week, we are hoping to post a few small ways in which you can incorporate whole & plant based foods into your diet.  Our motto “don’t reinvent your diet, reinvent your grocery list!”

This week’s example: Salad Dressing! 

Just like drinking juice, you may think that just because you are eating a salad you are eating healthy.  But what kind of dressing are you using?  Have you read the label?  Take a look at this Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing label (photo compliments of “That Damn Hippie”). Did you know that Hidden Valley Ranch contains Monosodium Glutamate, or MSG.  Mayo Clinic says MSG can cause reactions such as headache, flushing, sweating, facial pressure, tingling in the face, rapid heartbeats, chest pain, nausea, and/or weakness. And Monosodium Glutamate is not the only wacky ingredient in this label. Does anyone know what Disodium Phosphate, Sorbic Acid or Calcium Disodium EDTA are without researching them? Actually, let’s try that. Let’s Google Calcium Disodium EDTA. The first hit is a site called “What Is That Ingredient” and Calcium Disodium EDTA is described as follows: “Calcium Disodium may sound like a salt, but it is not, the proper name is the EDTA which is short for  Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (we will not even try to tell you how to pronounce that). It is made from a concoction of poisons and chelation chemicals.” – Read more.

Now let’s look at a salad dressing from a “whole foods” store. Ingredients: water, vegetable 0il, balsamic vinegar, sun dried tomatoes, salt, garlic, spices, xanthan gum.  With the exception of xanthan gum, you most likely know what each of those ingredients are without researching them. You know exactly what you are putting into your body. Let’s Google xanthan gum. LiveStrong says the following: “Xanthan gum is a food additive that can be used as a substitute for gluten if you have a gluten intolerance, also known as celiac disease. Xanthan gum thickens baked goods and is derived from Xanthomonas campestris, a natural bacteria”.  – Read more

Please read food labels! Find dressings (and other foods) that contain ingredients you know, ingredients derived from whole foods. Be aware of what you are putting into your body… your body will thank you!

Check out grocery stores like Whole Foods, Fresh & EasyTrader Joe’s or People’s Food Co-op. They are sure to carry these products!

Eat right, fight right!  <3 L4L