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Published on December 27, 2016 at 4:14 am

Things That Make Your Salad Unhealthy

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What is wrong with eating leafy greens? They are healthy foods, right? NBut certain additions to these ‘healthy’ salads can make it ‘unhealthy’ very quickly. You tend to eat salads thinking that it is low in calories, and is packed with nutrients. However, the problem is they don’t taste good on their own. Hence we wind up combining all kinds of unhealthy ingredients just to make the salads delicious.
Here are a few tricks to avoid these unhealthy foods to take the place of your healthy foods.

Bacon bits
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Bacon can be sneaky when it comes to salads. It could make one healthy salad unhealthy by increasing the calorie content. However, if you can restrain yourself to only a single teaspoon, then you’re adding about 35 calories to your meal. But the actual culprit here is the 125 mg of sodium along with the fats that tag along with it. It is your waistline and your heart that pays for this. So be careful when you add these tasty treats into your salads.

Croutons, bread by another name
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If you are looking for many refined carbs and empty calories, then you don’t have to look any further than croutons. Nevertheless, if you have a salad for lunch, then you’re probably trying to watch both of those things very thoughtfully. Many croutons can also include high levels of sodium. At around 60 calories per dozen, you’re better off consuming whole wheat bread that at least includes fibre to aid you digest and feel fuller.

Thick, creamy dressings
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Dressings such as creamy Italian, Ranch, Caesar and blue cheese, can make your bowl of leafy greens into a savoury delight. However, this could turn out to be one of the worst supplements to an otherwise healthy salad. Many can combine around 200 calories per portion, with 180 of those coming just from the fat. But this is the case when you have only one serving. However, most people tend to have two or three portions, which makes the calories increase. Hence, it is better to opt for a light vinaigrette rather than the rest of the dressings which can kill your diet.

Cheeses, even the fancy sounding kinds
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Cheese is one of those foods we immediately recognise as unhealthy, just like the bacon. However, we all forget about all those when we combine it in the salads. One cup of crumbled feta cheese is around 396 calories, and it has lesser calories than cheeses like cheddar and parmesan. Combining cheese could possibly cause your salad to have more calories than some of the fast foods.

“Crispy” chicken is a red flag
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When you add proteins into your diet, then it also means that more calories are being added than the vegetables and greens. However, we all require protein and there are several other healthy ways to obtain it. The term ‘crispy’ means ‘fried’ in general. When you buy a crispy chicken Caesar salad, you’re basically ordering a salad with chicken fingers in it. It sort of kills the purpose of having a salad. You might as well stick with grilled chicken rather.

The portion itself
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One thing about healthy eating and nutrition is that nothing is actually horrible for you in the proper amounts. However, the worse a food is for you, the limited you should eat. A piece of bacon is not going to kill you. But, if you have that bacon every day with your breakfast, then you are just doing your body a disservice. It is better that you try to stick to salads (of course you have to look into the portion size). That way it’s simpler to judge how much you’re putting in your body. However, you will be doubling the calories if you require double the dressing to fork it down.