I truly believe home made salad dressings can save lives. So did actor and health activist Paul Newman. He started his multi-million dollar health food empire with his refusal to eat harmful salad dressings in 5 star restaurants. Paul, followed by the paparazzi, would mosey into a posh eatery with his mason jar of home made salad dressing. This both mortified the chefs and the restaurant owners. He was serious about his health and longevity and he was a rule breaker. He began making the dressings as presents for friends and relatives and he launched the first successful celebrity lead health food line. He did this without financial backing or a business plan. It was just him and his bff in the basement.
My husband of 17 years had a heart attack in 2017 and for the record he is a fit, veganish, athlete. My mind was blown and world turned upside down. What came out of it was my quest for understanding the number #1 serial killer in America, not Dexter, heart disease. Through my research I found something that stood out to me. Correlating to the sharp increase in heart attacks is our use of processed oils. We used to just use lard, fish oils and butter and with technology and farming advancements we moved on to cheaper options. Those options include cotton seed oil (I never ate cotton seeds, you?), canola oil (WTH) and mystery vegetable oils blends. Most of these modern oils, heavily used in vegan and vegetarian processed food are unstable, omega 6 oils.
See most scientist believe that we need lots of omega 3 fatty acids. Over the years, due to financial gain and food tech advances(?), most of are eating way too many omega 6 fatty acids verses omega 3’s. It is thought it was once a 1:1 ratio. Even, our own government, the Nation Institute of Health contributes a steep list of life style diseases to an abuse of omega 6’s. “Excessive amounts of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and a very high omega-6/omega-3 ratio, as is found in today’s Western diets, promote the pathogenesis of many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and inflammatory and autoimmune diseases…”
Why do we over consume these dangerous and deadly oil?…They are in everything and we don’t even know it. If you are a plant based person, you are eating lots of beautiful salads with lots of omega 6 rich dressings! Dr. Michael Greger in his comedic lectures points out that in many cases vegans and vegetarians have more risk factors for heart disease because of our dependance of processed foods that contain omega 6 oils. I was horrified to realize that even though my family spent lots of money on vegan foods like snacks, black bean burgers and vegan hot dogs, they are all built with those menacing oils. We immediately re-evaluated and shifted our focus from vegetarianism to whole plants and more raw foods! My family loves the tastes and convenience, so its been a up hill battle of sneaky counter shopping.
Also, be clear. It’s not that omega 6 is a killer, it’s the disproportion use. Even with our farmed animals eating more gmo corn and soy, their meats are shifting from natural omega 3 laced oils in grass-fed to more omega 6. Yikes! The answer? Eat plants and make your own dressings with plants and oils you trust. Here is a good start!