Friday, October 17, 2014

Adding Fat to Your Salad Will Not Make You Fat

True or false? Salads that contain fat will make you fat.

So if you read the headline, you know where I stand on this. But most people still think fat is a four letter word.

As did I. Until I started reading more about which macro-nutrients are most conducive to weight loss and discovered that maverick nutritionists are debunking the myth that eating fat will make you fat.

It may seem counter-intuitive, but salads that contain fat are not only more satisfying, they will help you lose weight and absorb more nutrients from the vegetables.

Even Prevention magazine, which is as middle America as you can get, concluded, "If you want the most out of your salad, ditch the diet dressing and reach for a healthy serving of old-fashioned fat."

Here are some of the main reasons salads need fat:

1. Eating vegetables without fat is less satisfying and may cause you to binge on less healthy foods later.

2. Most low- and non-fat salad dressings replace the fat with sugar  in the form of high fructose corn syrup or other suspicious sweeteners.

3. Many of the vitamins (A,E, D and K) and carotenoids in vegetables are fat soluble, meaning your body will not absorb them in the absence of fat.

4. You are more likely to enjoy salads if they contain fat; so you will eat them more often.

5. Fat in the absence of sugar and other empty carbs will not make you fat.

What's wrong with this salad?
Not the avo, cheese or sour cream.
It's the shell!
I eat a relatively high-fat salad as a main meal almost every day and have been maintaining my weight loss beautifully since losing 35 pounds on Medifast almost a year ago.Some of the delicious and satisfying foods I add to my salads are nuts, avocado, olives and blue cheese. I also add proteins which contain fat, including tri-tip, grilled chicken, bacon and eggs.

If I order a taco salad from a Mexican restaurant, I ignore the greasy, carby taco shell but have no guilt about eating the avocado, cheese and sour cream. And, really, who needs the croutons in a Caesar salad? Or the side of bread?

One of the best things that has happened to me since avoiding empty carbs in my diet is that I now eat more fat, maximizing my absorption of nutrients while maintaining my ideal weight.

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