Honestly, the best part about eat a salad is probably the dressing. Salad dressings are so diverse that you can always find the perfect one for your own needs in any supermarket. Maybe you like a creamier dressing, something sweet, a spicy vinaigrette or a simple olive oil-based dressing. Whatever you prefer, there is sure to be one bottled salad dressing for you.
While salads can be a nutritious, low-calorie meal with tons of health benefits, they can quickly become a not-so-healthy choice. Some bottled salad dressings can be loaded with added sugar, added fat or tricky preservatives and ingredients we can’t pronounce.
But one major side effect of eating bottled salad dressing that not many people talk about is: the possibility of consuming too much sodium! Here’s what you need to know, and for more healthy eating tips, visit The 7 healthiest foods to eat right now
How Much Sodium Is in Bottled Salad Dressing?
The amount of sodium in your dressing will depend on the type you buy. Since the standard serving for most bottled dressing is two tablespoons, it’s easy to consume large amounts of sodium without even noticing, especially if you’re a dressing aficionado.
If you choose something like a standard Hidden Valley Ranch, you’ll get 260 milligrams of sodium in just two tablespoons. If you want more of a Kraft Thousand Island Dressing, you also get 260 milligrams of sodium per serving.
It’s especially important to keep an eye out for the so-called “healthier” dressings on the shelves, like something labeled “fat-free” that’s loaded with added sugars and sodium for flavor.
One that might really surprise you is the Primal Kitchen Caesar Dressing, which is Keto and Whole30 friendly. This dressing could use better ingredients, but you’ll still get 210 milligrams of sodium in one serving.
What Happens When You Consume Too Much Sodium?
The FDA recommends that adults should have less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day, even though the average American gets closer to 3,400 milligrams per day.
According to the FDA, Consuming too much sodium can cause excess water in our bloodstream, which can eventually lead to: high bloodpressure. And if we experience high blood pressure for a long time, it can exert a lot of force on our vital organs and lead to serious health problems such as stroke, heart attack and kidney disease, among many other potential problems.
High blood pressure and cardiovascular disease are closely linked, with blood pressure being one of the biggest factors in an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. According to the Journal of Human HypertensionNot only is there a positive correlation between salt intake and elevated blood pressure, but this relationship also increases as we age.
More research is currently being done on sodium’s impact on our hearts, as doctors still need to see the long-term effects of reducing our intake. Still, a handful of studies have shown that reducing sodium can have a positive effect on our cardiovascular health.
According to The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, a group of random studies found that reducing daily sodium intake could result in a 20% reduction in stroke and CV-related incidents.
It’s safe to say that while there is growing research on the topics of sodium, blood pressure, and heart disease, enough evidence has been found so far to conclude that we should stay away from consuming too much sodium.
With bottled salad dressings, it’s hard to control the amount of sodium you’re actually consuming, especially with smaller servings. If you want to grab a store-bought salad dressing, maybe try something with less sodium Like it Organic Girl Avocado Cilantro or Bragg’s Vinaigrette Dressing.
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