On Saturday, the fourth-eldest Duggar child and mother of 1-year-old Samuel and 3-year-old Israel shared a recipe for salad dressing on her blog — and by Tuesday, she was being dragged for its “unhealthy” ingredients.
The Voeller family visited my family many years ago and made many delicious, healthy dishes. This is one we really love. It goes well on salads, potatoes, pasta and more! https://t.co/rAUm3mjU1z
— Jill (Duggar)Dillard (@jillmdillard) August 4, 2018
In Touch Weekly was the first to balk, observing that the “horrifying” condiment, which calls for olive oil, Dijon mustard, and a choice between Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, tamari, and soy sauce, largely contains salt: “How has no one had a heart attack yet?” The outlet also pointed out mustard’s high sodium level (120 milligrams per teaspoon) and that of soy sauce (879 milligrams).
The comments on Twitter were also harsh: “Soy sauce ruins it. You Duggars just love your sodium” and “You should take a nutrition class at your community college. Break the cycle.” One Facebook commenter asked, “Do the salad ingredients come from a can?”
Salt makes the taste of food pop, but too many shakes contribute to health problems such as elevated blood pressure, heart failure, and kidney disease. Table salt contains sodium chloride, a necessary mineral to control the body’s balance of fluid, according to the American Heart Association, but most people exceed the recommended 2,300-milligram daily limit, by 1100.
Salt also hides in packaged food such as baked and canned goods, cold cuts, and condiments (such as mustard), making it difficult for some, including children, to monitor their intake. A 2016 study found that kids’ average sodium intake was 3,256 milligrams per day — and that was before reaching for the salt shaker. (According to Science Daily, the recommended daily amount for kids is 1,900 to 2,300 milligrams.)
Concern for Duggar Dillard’s cooking habits isn’t new — earlier this month when the mom tweeted a recipe for “‘Cheesy Chicken and Rice Enchiladas,” Twitter gagged at her use of canned chicken and the meal’s “disgusting and unhealthy” nutritional contents. “There is so much fat and sodium in this stuff it’s a recipe for hypertension and coronary artery disease,” declared one Twitter user.
Some friends of ours brought us these many years ago when my mom had a new baby and my mom asked for the recipe since they were so delicious! These are easy to make when you've got a bunch of leftover rice and they are sure to be crowd pleasing… https://t.co/OJ6SxoTDif
— Jill (Duggar)Dillard (@jillmdillard) August 3, 2018
In July, the mom tweeted a recipe for cinnamon toast and was lambasted for using half a cup of sugar for four slices of bread and advised to “take a nutrition class at a local college.”
This was one of my brother's (Joseph) favorite breakfast items when we were all kids. It may not be super healthy, but makes for a fun treat occasionally. https://t.co/38BXQq5mNy
— Jill (Duggar)Dillard (@jillmdillard) July 2, 2018
For Duggar Dillard’s meal of “Easy Chicken and Noodles,” she was taken to task for using eight cans of cream of chicken condensed soup (in fairness, the recipe serves 18) and excluding vegetables.
— Jill (Duggar)Dillard (@jillmdillard) June 12, 2018
Duggar Dillard might not be totally responsible for the controversial meals — she was recently accused of plagiarizing recipes after fans attributed some of her dishes to popular cooking websites.
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