Olive Oil Salad Dressing Beats Fat-Free and Ranch


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Your choice of salad dressing helps determine the amount of antioxidants your body absorbs from a salad, according to a study published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.

A good salad is packed with important phytonutrients like lycopene and lutein.  Lycopene is a red colored antioxidant from tomatoes that powerfully supports prostate health, while lutein is a yellow antioxidant from spinach and other leafy greens that supports eye and skin health.

Researchers found that the best salad dressing of all was made from olive oil.   The monounsaturated type of fat found in olive oil best enhanced nutrient absorption. In contrast, the fat free dressing cut calories but was the least effective in ensuring the absorption of antioxidants.

Mol Nutr Food Res 2012

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