Nutritional Benefits of Eating Salads

Go ahead and indulge at the salad bar. “Rabbit food” is nutritious for people, too.

New York, NY (September 1, 2006) – Eating just one salad a day provides even greater health benefits than previously thought, according to a study that examined salad consumption by more than 17,000 adults.  The study, conducted by the UCLA School of Public Health, and published in the September issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association (JADA), revealed that those who eat salads and raw vegetables with salad dressing have considerably higher levels of vitamins C, E, B6, and folic acid—key nutrients in promoting a healthy immune system and reducing the risk of obesity, heart disease and other chronic illnesses. The findings of this study are consistent with the government’s new push for more fruit and vegetable consumption, as stated in a recent article published by The Wall Street Journal, due to “a growing body of evidence that fruits and vegetables offer even more health benefits than previously understood, and may play roles in preventing heart and eye disease, as well as stomach, colon and other cancers.”  

According to the study:

  • Americans do not get enough of the water-soluble vitamins of which salads are a rich source.
  • Less than 50% of the US population meets the daily recommendation for vegetables necessary for healthy living.
  • Eating a salad a day is directly correlated with higher nutrient levels, which is important for the body’s defense against illness.
  • Adding salad dressing to a salad not only adds a delicious flavor, but also increases the absorption of certain nutrients being consumed.
  • The fat in salad dressing helps absorb cancer-fighting nutrients such as lycopene and alpha- and beta-carotene.
  • People who eat salads, salad dressing, and raw vegetables are more likely to meet recommended intakes for vitamins C, vitamin E, vitamin B6, and folic acid.
  • Eating a salad a day is a convenient way to easily and significantly boost your overall health.
  • High fruit and vegetable consumption has also been associated with lower rates of pre-menopausal bone loss in women.
  • Consumption of as little as one serving of salad or raw vegetables per day is significantly associated with the likelihood of meeting the recommended nutrient intakes of each of vitamins A, E, B6, and folic acid, which are important for pre-menopausal women.
  • Frequent salad consumption reflects a healthier lifestyle in general.