Skip the fat-free salad dressing, and lose the guilt. Full-fat and redused-fat dressings help your body absorb nutrients from uncooked veggies better than fat-free,say doctors at lowa State University.
They gave seven people salads of spinach, romaine, carrots and tomatoes with dressings containing 0, 6 or 28 fat grams. After each salad, researchers took blood samples to measure the cartenoids, nutrients that may protect against cancer and other diseases. When people ate full-or reduced-fat dressings, they absorbed carotenoids far better than when they ate the no-fat, which allowed for virtually no absorption.
Don't think you can drown your salad in fatty dressing. Use reduced-fat, to maximise carotenoid absorption and limit fat intake.


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