Opting for a low-fat dressing might seem like a good way of saving kilojoules, but it could mean you don’t get all the nutritional benefits of your vegetables. That’s because antioxidants such as carotenoids, lutein and lycopene found in carrots, spinach, lettuce and tomatoes need fat in order to be absorbed by the body. This doesn’t mean you should drench your salad in high-kilojoule dressings, though. Instead, choose dressings with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Those with a base of olive oil or rapeseed oil are best. Or add small amounts of avocado, almonds or pumpkin seeds to boost nutrient absorption.
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