(Liz Klimas) It’s a lunch-time conundrum. You’ve already decided to be healthy and eat a salad. Now, the question remains: do you opt for a tasty full-fat dressing and actually enjoy your salad or begrudgingly choose a less flavorful no-fat or low-fat variety?
You no longer have to feel completely guilty picking out the more fat-filled option. According to a new study, by incorporating some of the fat into your salad, you’ll actually be reaping more of its nutritious benefits. The key, according to the Purdue University researchers, is the type of fat and the amount you drizzle on.
“If you want to utilize more from your fruits and vegetables, you have to pair them correctly with fat-based dressings,” Mario Ferruzzi, the study’s lead author and a Purdue associate professor of food science, said in a statement. “If you have a salad with a fat-free dressing, there is a reduction in calories, but you lose some of the benefits of the vegetables.”