Have you had your salad today?
Eating a salad every day may be one of the most healthy eating habits you can adopt -- and one of the simplest to do too.
Leafy green vegetables are the most nutrient packed foods available to us. Think about it, how do the giraffe, hippo, elephant, gorilla and cow get so big? Where do they get all the protein they need to create those big muscles? They get it from the leafy green vegetation they eat. All protein starts with the process of photosynthesis in green plants.
Eating salads is a super-convenient way to work in a couple of servings of vegetables and/or fruit. Green salads are on the menu of almost every restaurant. You can even buy a side salad for a buck at many fast food chains these days. And you can make a green salad at home in 5 minutes, armed with a bag of pre-washed salad greens, a few carrots or other veggies, and a bottle of light salad dressing.
Experience some of the many health benefits salads have to offer:
Eat Salads For Fiber
Salads provide the body with a lot of fiber which in turn means lower cholesterol and less constipation. Furthermore, when you eat these green wonders, you feel fuller, eat less and lose weight. Since salads are very filling, eating one prior to your main course will reduce the number of calories you end up consuming.
Eat Salads For Good Fats and Defend Against Illness and Disease
When you incorporate olive oil, avocado, or nuts into our salad, you help your body absorb phytochemicals that help protect against many illnesses including cancer and heart disease. If you dress your salad with a little olive oil, there may even be some additional years in it for you. Italian research have suggested that a diet that includes plenty of olive oil and raw vegetables is linked to reduced mortality.
For years, researchers have noted a link between eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and lower risks of many diseases, particularly cancer. A recent study from the National Cancer Institute suggests that people whose diets are rich in fruits and vegetables may have a lower risk of developing numerous cancers - even those who smoke and drink heavily.
Eat Salads to Cut Calories and Increase Satisfaction
If losing weight is your goal, you may want to start your meals with a green salad. Studies have shown that eating a low-calorie first course, like a green salad of 150 calories or less, enhances satiety (feelings of fullness) and reduces the total number of calories eaten during the meal.
How Much Salad Should You Eat?
Many Americans don't consume enough raw fruit and vegetables their bodies need each day. A good rule of thumb is making a salad of raw vegetables your main course for lunch and dinner each day.
You can never eat too many greens and raw veggies, so fill up on them and you will be on your way to better health and longevity!