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Three Salad Dressings

Salad Dressings are one of the pitfalls of the health conscious diet. Unwise salad dressing choices potentially hide fat, salt, and carbs that are obviously not a desirable part of a healthy diet. This is especially tricky when eating out, as it is tough to read labels to make informed choices. There are a few things to know that can help one make better choices, and a few things that can open up some options when eating salad at home.

Creamy dressings are usually made with mayonnaise. They are loaded with fat and often cholesterol, and usually have sugar added as well. Some have added cheese to amplify that fat content further. This makes creamy dressings the least healthy option in general. Choosing a vinaigrette dressing certainly reduces the saturated fat in the dressing, but may still pack a significant punch of fat, and sugar, too. Sugar is used in vinaigrette dressings to counteract the sharpness of the vinegar. These dressings should be used sparingly, when they are the only option at the restaurant. Vinegar and oil is the best option to choose when not making dressings at home, that way the oil content is a known quantity.

The best way to dress a salad is by making the dressing at home. Vinaigrettes made with stevia are a great option, as vinegar does a great job of masking the fact that the sweetener is not sugar, and the stevia cuts the acidity of the vinegar. While not fat-free, avocado is a vitamin rich source of creaminess that in moderation can also be used to replace that craving for creamy in a salad. Making one's own salad dressings can make creamy dressings an option, by replacing the mayonnaise with tofu or yogurt, the calories are no longer empty, and it adds some probiotics into the mix.

Good dressing choices can make salads a delicious and actually healthy method of adding more vegetables to a long term diet plan.


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