Salad Study Yields Impressive Results

A happy customer at Fogo de Chão’s salad bar (photo by Jason Perlow)

Even though you may be certain that consuming salads is important to the daily functioning of your body, a new study shows just how essential it is to consume a daily salad. The study explains how that works and was done with some 17,000 adults.

Eating just one salad a day provides even greater health benefits than previously thought, according to a study that examined salad consumption by more than 17,000 adults. The study, conducted by the UCLA School of Public Health, revealed that those who eat salads and raw vegetables with salad dressing have considerably higher levels of vitamins C, E, B6, and folic acid—key nutrients in promoting a healthy immune system and reducing the risk of obesity, heart disease and other chronic illnesses … Americans do not get enough of the water-soluble vitamins of which salads are a rich source…

  • Less than 50% of the US population meets the daily recommendation for vegetables necessary for healthy living.
  • Eating a salad a day is directly correlated with higher nutrient levels, which is important for the body’s defense against illness.
  • Adding salad dressing to a salad not only adds a delicious flavor, but also increases the absorption of certain nutrients being consumed.
  • The fat in salad dressing helps absorb cancer-fighting nutrients such as lycopene and alpha- and beta-carotene.
  • The list in this press release, originating from Salad A Day, a site sponsored by the salad dressing industry, has some terrific ideas which, when you read them all, seem quite simple and you may be aware of them already. A good read …

    Melissa Goodman reporting…

    4 Responses to Salad Study Yields Impressive Results

    1. Sandy says:

      I’m vindicated! ‘Dieters have long been told that oil-based salad dressing is forbidden. Salad dressing, and by that I mean a modest amount of my own vinaigrette, has always been a make or break diet issue for me. It’s easier for me to give up chocolate.

    2. Bux says:

      For a minute there I thought you were eavesdropping on a recurrent conversation my wife has encouraging me to eat salads for lunch. Perhaps the most important point in your post is one that’s not already recognized by many salad eaters. Without the fat (oil) in a dressing, much of the salad is little more than roughage. The fat, be it extra virgin olive oil, mayonnaise or from bacon, is essential to get the most nutrition from one’s salad.

      What the salad dressing industry neglects to stress is that the sugar in most bottled salad dressings is not beneficial to your health. It does however, help promote a taste for sweetness in one’s other food choices. Sadly, I’ve seen recipes for vinaigrette sauces from respected American cookbook authors that also call for sugar.

    3. Some interesting thoughts on dressings, Bux. I often wonder at people who liberally douse their hapless salad leaves in heavy, sugary Thousand Island grease … never healthy nor appealing.

    4. Randi says:

      Awww, look at cute lil RonnieSuburban!!

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