Is that right? Wish-Bone dressings help you absorb nutrients?
Current ads for Wish-Bone salad dressings claim "the oils in Wish-Bone help the body better absorb vitamins A and E from salad vegetables as compared to a salad without dressing!"
That's actually right.
As I write in next week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column about mayonnaise, fat-soluble vitamins such as A and E that are found in the kinds of vegetables you'd include in a salad, such as dark leafy greens and carrots, are best absorbed by the body when eaten with some fat.
It's best for your body if that fat can be a vegetable oil such as soybean, olive or canola. Eaten in moderation (because they're so caloric), both can benefit your cardiovascular system. Wish-Bone dressings feature various combinations of soybean and either canola or olive oil. (To see nutrition facts and ingredients go to the Product Information section of this Web page.) According to their Web site, Wish-Bone dressings contain up to 180 calories, 18g fat, 3g saturated fat and 340 mg sodium per two-tablespoon serving.
There's no magic in Wish-Bone. You can get the same nutrient-absorption effect from a nice, home-made vinaigrette. The extra bonus to making your own: You can control the amount of salt and other ingredients (perhaps skipping the sugar found in the store-bought stuff, for instance). Plus, it's really easy.
Either way, if using a favorite dressing encourages you to eat more vegetables, that's a good thing. As always, just be mindful of portion sizes, as caloric dressings can add up quickly and turn a healthful salad into a waistline expander.
Jennifer LaRue Huget
July 9, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories: Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness
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