Fat-Free Salad Dressing May Not Be Best After All

November 2004
Environmental Nutrition;Nov2004, Vol. 27 Issue 11, p3
The article focuses on the suggestion that fat free salad dressing may not be the best way to eat the salad. Views have been expressed that if one eats salads fat-free, one may he shortchanging the vital nutrients. Recent research confirms that some fat is needed to absorb the health promoting carotenoids found in plant foods. Previous research has found that three to five grams of fat per meal promoted optimal absorption of beta-carotene; the current study suggests that more may be better. Salads are often eaten as part of a meal so fat in the meal would aid absorption even if one used fat-free salad dressing.


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