If you’re skipping pizza in favor of salads but still loading up on dressing, you might not be doing yourself any favors. OK, it’s probably slightly better than pizza, but still, that dressing is usually packed with junk.
Oh, you’ve been choosing “light” and “low-fat” versions? Not any healthier.
“We’re often duped with clever nutritional claims and health buzzwords, leaving us with a laundry list of ingredients,” Diorio says. “Many times when they are removing the fat, they are also removing the flavor.”
In order to make the dressing more palatable, salad dressing producers have to add back in something, which is usually -- you guessed it! -- sugar.
Healthy swap: Before you set fire to every bag of kale in your fridge, try a classic oil-and-balsamic-vinegar combo combines flavor and antioxidants to make a low-calorie, yet delicious, faux dressing. Diorio particularly sings the praises of olive oil: “Olive oil is a great source of vitamins K and E, as well as healthy unsaturated fat.”