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Salads and nutrients


Salads can be a good way to get your daily nutrients. However, not all salads are healthy or nutritious. It depends on what is in the salad.

  • If you have plenty of fresh vegetables in the salad, then you are getting healthy, disease-fighting nutrients. Darker colored vegetables are generally healthier.
  • Beware of dressings, oils, or mayonnaise in your salads. These may add unhealthy levels of fat to your salad.
  • Croutons, bacon bits, and cheese significantly increase the amount of calories in a salad.

See also:


Mason JB. Vitamins, trace minerals, and other micronutrients. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 237.

Rakel D, ed. Integrative Medicine. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007.

Review Date: 3/14/2009
Reviewed By: Linda Vorvick, MD, Family Physician, Seattle Site Coordinator, Lecturer, Pathophysiology, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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