Don’t cut the fat in your salad dressing when trying to lose weight. It may seem contradictory, but many nutrients — like vitamins A, D, E, and K — are fat-soluble. Here are other ways to tweak your salad.
A lower calorie salad sounds like a given. But…
Some salads can be waist-busting thanks to jumbo sizes and an overload of high-calorie ingredients. That’s why you should always be careful about eating salads in a restaurant. However, if you leave out certain ingredients like dressing or proteins, your salad will end up being too lean, making you prone to hunger pangs later.
So what are the ideal ingredients to create this perfect healthy blend? Here’s what digest diet Author Liz Vaccariello Suggests and What Studies Show They May Help You Lose Weight:
Use an oil-based salad dressing
Here’s why: Many nutrients — especially vitamins A, D, E, and K — are fat-soluble, which means your body can’t absorb and use them without some fat. A fat-free dressing is actually counterintuitive. In fact, a small 2017 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who ate salads with a soy oil-based dressing absorbed the nutrients in their salad greens better than those who ate the same salad without the oil-based dressing. And the more oil (the maximum in the study was about 2 tablespoons), the better these nutrients were absorbed. Plus, other research suggests that unsaturated fat may help alter how fat is stored in the body compared to saturated fat, and could make your salad more filling. Even better? Toss the oil with vinegar, which may help with weight loss: Studies suggest it may also help prevent post-meal blood sugar spikes. Don’t miss out on these healthy salad dressing recipes that add more than flavor.