Scientists Say Salad Isn't As Healthy Without Salad Dressing

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    Jun 26, 2012 3:23 PM GMT
    http://www.thekitchn.com/scientists-say-salad-isnt-as-healthy-without-salad-dressing-173220

    Many health-conscious eaters opt for low-fat or non-fat dressings on their salads, but according to a study by Purdue University, eating a salad without fat is actually less healthy. That's because fat is needed by our bodies to absorb the nutrients in vegetables — but not all fats are alike. Researchers discovered one type of fat in particular is the best choice for salad-eaters who are watching their weight.

    The study looked at salads dressed with saturated fat (butter), monounsaturated fat (canola oil) and polyunsaturated fat (corn oil). All promoted the absorption of carotenoids, the fat-soluble compounds in vegetables that are linked to a reduced risk of diseases like cancer. But the butter and corn oil were dependent on dose, meaning that you would have to eat more of the fat to get the maximum carotenoid absorption, while the canola oil provided the same amount of absorption regardless of how much was consumed.

    This means a dressing made with monounsaturated fats like canola oil and olive oil is the healthiest choice, especially for calorie-conscious eaters. Using a smaller amount of full-fat dressings made with these oils will cut back on calories without losing out on any nutrients from the vegetables.
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    Jun 26, 2012 3:49 PM GMT
    Great post! Thanks. I really liked learning the differences in fats.
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    Jun 26, 2012 11:52 PM GMT
    So who cares if you gain a bunch of weight as long as you've absorbed all those carotenoids.

    "Being Healthy" is such an ambiguous bullshit state of being sometimes.
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    Jun 26, 2012 11:57 PM GMT
    What wonderful news given I love salads and like vinegar and olive oil dressing the best!
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    Jun 27, 2012 12:08 AM GMT
    Very interesting. I usually go for the healthier oils anyway. It does bring up the good point that cutting out fats isn't always a good thing. You do need some fats for absorbing certain nutrients.
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    Jun 27, 2012 5:15 AM GMT
    Why is this even news? Any university level introductory nutrition course for non-majors will discuss the difference between fat soluble and water soluble vitamins. No duh.

    For people saying healthy is ambiguous, well maybe you should put down the 2-5 beers you had and put some oil on your salad instead. I'm sure the 5 beers have more calories than the 100-150 you're adding by adding a dab of olive oil to your salads.

    Bitch and moan.
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    Jun 27, 2012 5:21 AM GMT
    Who even mentioned beer
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    Jun 27, 2012 5:30 AM GMT
    Old news- knew this already.
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    Jun 27, 2012 5:32 AM GMT
    Good knowing what dressings I can switch to - - away from my usual non-fat raspberry vinaigrette from Girard's. It'll be fun trying some other dressings for a change. Thanks for posting this.
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    Jul 22, 2012 4:44 PM GMT
    MuchoMasQueMusculo saidI eat roughly eighty to ninety grams of fat a day and they all come from either almonds, almond butter or olive oil.

    If I skip the fat I actually look flatter and less pumped.

    It works for me.


    I eat a ton of almonds too, they actually help me keep fat off!

    It's really sad all the "nutrition" stuff that goes around in the news...
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    Jul 22, 2012 4:46 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidWho even mentioned beer

    You're reading my mind; beer
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    Jul 22, 2012 4:48 PM GMT
    riddler78 saidhttp://www.thekitchn.com/scientists-say-salad-isnt-as-healthy-without-salad-dressing-173220

    Many health-conscious eaters opt for low-fat or non-fat dressings on their salads, but according to a study by Purdue University, eating a salad without fat is actually less healthy. That's because fat is needed by our bodies to absorb the nutrients in vegetables — but not all fats are alike. Researchers discovered one type of fat in particular is the best choice for salad-eaters who are watching their weight.

    The study looked at salads dressed with saturated fat (butter), monounsaturated fat (canola oil) and polyunsaturated fat (corn oil). All promoted the absorption of carotenoids, the fat-soluble compounds in vegetables that are linked to a reduced risk of diseases like cancer. But the butter and corn oil were dependent on dose, meaning that you would have to eat more of the fat to get the maximum carotenoid absorption, while the canola oil provided the same amount of absorption regardless of how much was consumed.

    This means a dressing made with monounsaturated fats like canola oil and olive oil is the healthiest choice, especially for calorie-conscious eaters. Using a smaller amount of full-fat dressings made with these oils will cut back on calories without losing out on any nutrients from the vegetables.


    OK, so I love butter, like nothing else, but on SALAD? seriously who does that, not even a butter-o-phile like me.
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    Jul 22, 2012 4:48 PM GMT
    Heh, I can see ranch and blue cheese lovers finding excuses with this.