Is it really still healthier?

@lilybug (21145)
United States
December 10, 2008 9:40am CST
I have decided to start eating more salads, but I always put some much junk on mine. So you think by the time you add all the meat and cheese and dressing it is any better for you than just eating a burger? Do you add so much to your salads that they really don't seem like a healthy choice anymore?
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
10 Dec 08
No L:ilybug - you have to go woith a fat free dressing or just a garlic. olive oil and vinegar dressing and leave out all the cheese. some chicken or meat id o.k. but don't overdue it. Buy a variety of dressings to vary the taste of your sald. I envy you - veggies ar so expensive in my country that I cannot afdford to buy as much as I would like to. For example - one large tomato is the equivelant of nearly US$4. Therfore I live wihtout tomatoes LOL. Blessings
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
10 Dec 08
Wow, $4 USD for one large tomato? That is expensive. One of my favorite dressings is a Fat Free Western Dressing, so that helps with the fat a little bit.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
11 Dec 08
My spelling is getting worse or I need to change glasses! I make so many typos that it must be aggravating for people to read. wish that I had spell check. I kid you not - that is the price and it will stay at this price until after Christmas Heavy rains destroyed the tomato crop so we have had to import them. I can live without tomatoes - I have canned ones that I am using and tomato paste. YOur dressing sounds wonderful. My daughter is arriving for christmas so \i am going to ask her to bring some for us to try I expect that you are baking like crazy.Blessings
@Frederick42 (2019)
• Canada
11 Dec 08
Yes, salad is very healthy. One should eat of it as much as possible. I consume as much salads as possible. Today itself, I ate a salad. Salads are very important for health and it is asad thing that nowadays, people are not paying much attention to salads. Instead, everybody wants food like pizza , chocolate etc.. and those foods are not nutritional.
@sumiirajj (1983)
• India
11 Dec 08
Hi friend,Generally I heard that salads with lot of greens with cheese ,pepper without meet is only healthy.I add lime pepper and salt to lot of greens.I sometimes add sprouts too with my salads which is very healthy.So eat only with meat once in a while and add sprouts and greens to most of your salads ,if you are diet conscious and health conscious. thanks for sharing.happy mylotting.
11 Dec 08
Salads are good, even if you put toppings of various sorts. You must simply understand what these things can do to to your body. Cheese is good BUT ONLY IF it is unprocessed. The processed cheese that you find in the grocery stores will kill you as they promote the formation of tri-glyserides that hasten blood clots, while the good unprocessed cheese has high alpha-lipolic acid content which is an anti-aging chemical. Read the labels. Keep in mind that the cheese that easily gets molds is the better cheese, while the bad processed cheese has a long shelf life because of the added chemicals. You may even add boiled eggs to my salads... but wait, the eggs you put in must come from free-range chicken or ducks that are not given commercial feeds because in these feeds, you will find the various synthetic chemicals that are added to make the fowl grow artificially fast or lay eggs abnormally sooner. Choline, inositol, and lecithin make your blood circulation flow smoothly as they all not only clean-up your arteries and veins, but repair the damage in these arteries. These three are are found in high amounts in the good egg yolk, and work perfectly well with the green leafy veggies in your salads. Use olive oil in your salads as this type of oil is stable and does not turn rancid when exposed to air, heat or . Poly-unsaturated oils like canola, sunflower, and corn oil may be good, but only if you are the one who made them cold-pressed from the plant. The commercial versions easily oxidize and become harmful once you open the bottle. They can even make your good Vitamin-C turn bad by making them oxidized and thereby cause the formation of tri-glycerides to clot in your blood vessels. The French are the experts in these matters as studies on the "French Paradox" show that even if the French put tons of cheese, red meat (beef including the soft yellow fat) and butter in their salads, the incidence of heart attacks in their country is the lowest in the Western World. Should you want to add shrimps, crabs, oysters or other shellfish to your salad, better think twice because even if we both agree that they are deliriously delicious, they often contain high amounts of heavy metals like Lead, Cadnium, Arsenic and Mercury which all dangerously accumulate in our body and are not excreted out until kingdom come. Bon appettit.
@jess368 (3368)
• United States
11 Dec 08
The only reason my salads might not be 100% healthy, is because of the dressing. I do add some other items to my salad, but I am 99% sure that my salad IS better than a burger. I don't eat cheese on my salad, and on occasion i will put bacon bites on it, but never too much. If you are putting too much junk on your salad it probably isnt as healthy as it should and could be, but it is better than a greasy burger, so good for you for trying to eat more salad!
• United States
10 Dec 08
The short answer is probably not. The long answer is that it depends a lot on what you put on your salad. Grilled chicken is fine, fried chicken is a bad idea, and bacon is terrible for your health. Cheese is good unless you are trying to lose weight, it has protein in it but also a lot of fat. The main thing you want to avoid is a lot of dressing. A quarter of a cup (yes I have seen people put this much and more on). Dressing tends to be high in fat, sugar, and little else.
@LaurenInLA (2271)
• United States
10 Dec 08
A salad can be healthy or not healthy depending on what you put on it. I used to think that I was doing so well when we went out to eat because I always ordered a salad. Then I checked the nutritional info on the restaurant web site and learned that I could have had fewer calories and fat if I'd eaten a hamburger. Put as many veggies as you want on the salad but measure your quantities of meats and cheeses. Dressings are better if they're low fat or fat free. Olive oil based dressings can be very healthy. Get into the habit of reading labels.
@gicolet (1703)
• United States
10 Dec 08
Eating salad is a healthy choice but limit your dressing cause that's what's going to get you. I don't add any meat in my salad and I have also stopped adding croutons. Lettuce, carrots, some cheese and raisins then the dressing...that's all. You can try to add some tofu in it as meat substitute but I don't know if you're going to still enjoy your salad with that. It takes some getting used to I guess. I've heard of imitation meat which are made of soybean but I don't know where to get it. My vegetarian brother added it to his spaghetti and it kind of tasted good.
@snowy22315 (78360)
• United States
10 Dec 08
I think you should try to limit your unhealthy toppings especially salad dressings. They are actually loaded with salt. You can put up to 1,000 calories on a salad if you are not careful. The thing about salad though is that even if you make them caloric they are still better for you because they have quite a bit of roughage with them.
• United States
10 Dec 08
Generally, I mostly add things like spinach, onions, peppers. I limit my dressing. Once in a while, I like cheese and some meat on my salad because you do need to eat some fat and protein on it. But, some salads don't really have hardly any veggies at all and are piled with meat and cheese. That's not really a salad in my opinion.