FAQ on the Salad Study

Q: Who conducted this study?

A: Dr. Lenore Arab, M.S., Ph.D., Professor of Epidemiology, UCLA School of Public Health and L. Joseph Su, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University School of Public Health. 

Q: What was the study about?

A: The study is based on an analysis of the diets of more than 17,000 adults in the U.S. who participated in a national survey over a six-year period. 

Q. What was the objective of this study?

A: To examine the relationship between reported salad and raw vegetable consumption and nutrient levels, as well as dietary adequacy in women and men.

Q: What are the key findings of this study?

A: The study found that the salad and salad dressing consumers had a better nutritional status in comparison to non-salad and salad dressing consumers.

Q: Why is it so important to eat a salad a day?

A: Eating a salad a day is directly correlated with higher nutrient levels, which is important for the body’s defense against illness.

Q: What makes salad dressing good for you?

A: Salad dressing increases the absorption of certain nutrients being consumed. For example, the fat in salad dressing helps the body absorb cancer-fighting nutrients such as lycopene and alpha- and beta-carotene. 

Q: What key vitamins do we get from salad?

A: Vitamins C, E, B6, and folic acid - all essential nutrients to your health. For instance, Vitamin B6 benefits include strengthening the body’s immune system, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure and breaking down complex nutrients like proteins, carbohydrates and fats into simpler forms.

Q: Why is it important for women in particular, to eat salad?

A: High fruit and vegetable consumption has been associated with lower rates of pre-menopausal bone loss in women. This study proves that consumption of as little as one serving of salad per day is significantly associated with meeting the recommended nutrient intakes of vitamins A, E, B6, and folic acid, which are important for pre-menopausal women.

Q: Are people who eat salads healthier than people who don’t?

A: Frequent salad consumption reflects a healthier lifestyle in general.

Q: What is the bottom line of this study?

A: Eating a salad a day with dressing is a convenient way to easily and significantly boost your overall health.