I was having lunch with my female colleagues today. Two of them ordered only salad as their meal, with the reason that they want to slim down. When their food arrives, I saw them putting much mayonnaise as the dressing. While I agree salads are healthy stuff, pouring too much of dressing may defeat the purpose of having salad in the first place.
For those who do not know what salad is – salad is a mixture of cold foods, often vegetables with fruits, plus some dressing and sometimes with the addition of meat and fish. Most eat salad as an appetizer. Salad dressing is added to enhance the flavor and texture of salad. Nowadays, many different types of salad dressings are available. They include oils (olive oil and soybean oil), dairy products (cream and yogurt) as well as mayonnaise. Some people add in ketchup or spicy chilies. Rojak, which is a Malaysian version of fruit salad, uses a spicy sauce with peanuts and shrimp paste.
Now, back to the topic I am discussing. While the greens in salad are low in calories, most of the dressings are not. They are high in fat and calories. Don’t get me wrong, dressing is nice and I like them too. Withou dressing, the salad will be dry and dull. But “overdressing” will not help your weight loss plan.
So, what should you do when you have your salad next time? Here are few helpful tips:
- Instead of mixing the salad with dressing, ask for the dressing on the side if you having it in restaurant.
- I have seen my aunt adding flavor by squeezing lemon juice onto the greens and the taste is not too bad.
- Do not be misled by the low fat dressing label. They may be low fat, but they most often are loaded with sugar. Check out the article of The Truth Behind Fat Free or Low Fat Food Which No One Has Ever Told You
My personal favorite is to have salad in lemon juice or dried fruit with a little bit of mayonnaise. What about you?
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