junk salads over at Yahoo Health. Posted by Christine McKinney, MS, RD, CDE:Trust me, they do exist. Feast your eyes—and not your taste buds—on these
Not all salads are made the same, it takes some work by the consumer to figure out which restaurant salads are healthy choices. Let's compare the fat and calories in a few salads made by popular food outlets.Unfortunately this kind of dietary treachery is rampant—especially when it comes to salad dressing! Dr. Fuhrman talks about it in Cholesterol Protection for Life:
Compare the salads above to the infamous McDonald's Big Mac®, which has 540 calories and 29 grams of fat.
- Taco Bell's Fiesta Salad® — 840 calories and 45 grams of fat
- Macaroni Grill's Chicken Caesar Salad® — 920 calories and 69 grams of fat
- Panera's Bistro Steak Salad® — 630 calories and 58 grams of fat
- Applebee's Grilled Steak Caesar Salad® — 1,190 calories and 75 grams of fat
I know you were told that olive oil is health food. It is not. Keep in mind, oil is processed food, it is not a natural whole food. Oils, even if they are monounsaturated, should not be health food because they are low in nutrients and contain 120 calories per tablespoon, promoting weight gain.
Sure, olive oil and almond oil are improvements over animal fats and margarine, but they still are a contributor to our overweight modern world. Overweight Americans consume and average of three tablespoons of oil in their daily diet, adding and extra 360 calories to their food each day. You need to reach a thinner, ideal weight to achieve maximum protection against heart disease and to reverse heart disease. Use oil, even olive oil sparingly or not at all; certainly, do not have more than one teaspoon per day.
As an alternative to oil, you can make great tasting salad dressings from raw nuts and seeds, such as walnuts, pecans, cashews, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pistachios and avocados.