Salad Dressing: Add the FAT!
(STLMoms) – A recent study from Purdue University found that it is critical to add fat to your fruits and veggies in order to absorb health promoting carotenoids. Carotenoids are plant pigments, such as beta carotene, lutein, and lycopene, that help to protect us from chronic diseases such as certain cancers, heart disease, and eye conditions like macular degeneration.
Which fats work best? Well, if you don’t want to drench your healthy salad in oil, go with a monounsaturated fat, such as olive or canola oil, or add monounsaturated rich foods like avocados, nuts, or olives. With these fats, you don’t have to add much to get the benefits of increased nutrient absorption.
The following video gives you some ideas to make your own salad dressing at home with ingredients you most likely already have on hand!