Salads tend to be underrated. As far as ingredients, they can be as simple or as elaborate as you would like, and you can find at least one on nearly every restaurant menu. Adding a salad to your diet almost daily can provide great healthful benefits, such as the following.
Salads are a great source of fiber, and high-fiber diets can help lower cholesterol levels. Fiber also aids the digestive system and helps you feel fuller and eat less, which may result in weight loss.
- Fruits & Vegetables
Eating salads can increase your intake of vegetables and fruits. In addition, these nutrient-rich plants can improve your overall health. Raw vegetables are a filled with excellent antioxidants which help protect our body from damage caused by free radicals. Research has also shown links between fruit and vegetable intake and lowered risks for diseases.
- Cut Calories & Increase Satisfaction
Starting your meals with a small green salad (150 calories or less) can be helpful if you’re looking to lose weight. It can increase satiety and decrease the total number of calories eaten during your meal. In addition, you may want to aim make your salads bigger in volume by adding more veggies and using less dressing and other fatty toppings.
- Good Fats
In order to better absorb the protective phytochemicals from your vegetables, it is best to eat them with a little good fat (such monounsaturated fat found in olive oil, avocado, and nuts).
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