Calorie Trap Salad: Salad Dressing Makes You Fat

Those on a diet like to eat low-calorie salads. But even a delicious, low-calorie salad can become a pure calorie bomb with a salad dressing. We’ll tell you what you should pay attention to when choosing the dressing and how many calories the French dressing and Co. have.

Heavy salad indulgence

Eating a salad saves calories. Not quite! Greasy dressings and rich toppings turn the green leaves into real calorie bombs.

In general, the green leaves are the healthy alternative to pizza, pasta and fries. With 10-20 kcal per 100, the fine papers are real lightweights. But it becomes difficult when you enjoy them in combination with greasy salad dressings and rich toppings. The light figure-flattering goes directly on the hips and becomes a calorie trap.

Secret Fatteners: Calories in Salad Dressing

Mayonnaise, oil and sugar – ready-made salad dressings make a big difference. Before you buy, always study the nutritional information on the back of the bottle and compare. The Thousand Island Dressing is a real calorie bomb with 300 kcal/100 g. The American dressing (240 kcal/100 g) and the French dressing (210 kcal/100 g) are a bit lighter, but still pack a punch. A lot can also go wrong with oil and vinegar dressing.

Is a vinegar and oil dressing better?

Not necessarily! If you drown the salad with a vinegar and oil dressing from the bottle, you risk 430 extra calories. Although the salad dressing does not contain greasy fattening agents such as cream and mayonnaise, the oil is often of inferior quality. The solution: make the dressing yourself! Use high-quality oil and use it sparingly. A tablespoon per person is enough to refine the salad.

The light alternative: a yoghurt dressing. Mix the yogurt dressing with low-fat yogurt. This is easy on the figure and on the wallet. A pinch of salt and pepper, a handful of herbs and a teaspoon of mustard – that’s all it takes to make a delicious salad dressing.

Fattening topping

Leftovers have to go – that’s clear. But using up leftovers can be quite a hassle. Especially when you start eating the many delicacies of the past few days. Parmesan and Gouda, tuna and bacon, croutons and pine nuts – the range is large, as is the temptation. Stay strong! Refine the green leaves with colorful vegetables and fresh fruit. Choose two little extras and enjoy them to the fullest! So it remains true that a salad has fewer calories than a plate of spaghetti carbonara.

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Written by Florentina Lewis

Hello! My name is Florentina, and I'm a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a background in teaching, recipe development, and coaching. I'm passionate about creating evidence-based content to empower and educate people to live healthier lifestyles. Having been trained in nutrition and holistic wellness, I use a sustainable approach toward health & wellness, using food as medicine to help my clients achieve that balance they are looking for. With my high expertise in nutrition, I can create customized meal plans that fit a specific diet (low-carb, keto, Mediterranean, dairy-free, etc.) and target (losing weight, building muscle mass). I am also a recipe creator and reviewer.

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