quote:Originally posted by nayo:
I do miss the oil based salad dressings, because I love salads, but without that oil to cling to the lettuce, mushrooms, tomatoes and the like, salads just are not the same
You don't have to eliminate all oils from your diet in order to be healthy. Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for example, is rich in monounsaturated fat, which can lower your risk of heart disease by reducing the total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad") cholesterol levels in your blood. Olive oil also contains antioxidants like chlorophyll, carotenoids, and vitamin E. And according to some studies, olive oil actually helps your body maintain a lower weight. Grapeseed oil, Sesame Oil, and Coconut Oil are also great healthy alternatives to traditional cooking oils.
I wouldn't advise people to eat "Ranch dressing" or commercial salad dressings in general, because they tend to be high in animal fats, salt, processed sugar, artificial flavors, food colorings, and other junk. You can actually make your own salad dressing at home by mixing Olive oil, vinegar, garlic, and your favorite fresh herb (E.g., Oregano, Dill, etc.), which will be much more fresh and healthier to eat than commercial salad dressings. Throw a handful of almonds, fresh sliced avocadoes, and/or dried fruit on top, and by the time you're done, you'll have a gourmet salad, which can be eaten as a meal. It's important to get creative and move away from foods and condiments that you're used to eating. There are so many more healthy ways to dress up your salads than to drown it in heavy junk. And if significantly reducing fat and calories is a concern, then putting eggs, bacon, and ranch dressing all on a salad is probably not the best choice. That type of salad can contain as much fat as a fast-food meal.