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The One Topping Everyone Puts In Their Salad That's Actually Super Unhealthy

August 26, 2016 by Caroline Pirozzolo
shefinds | Style

While a salad is a great healthy meal option, I’m totally guilty of being one of those people that ends up piling on way too much dressing – which we all know can quickly take your salad-eating good intentions into calorie bomb territory. However, it turns out that the dressing isn’t the only thing that might be causing your salad to become unhealthy.

The one supposedly “healthy” salad ingredient (that you’re probably piling on!) that isn’t so good for you after all? Dried fruit. While raisins and dried cranberries can seem like a healthy way to sweeten up your salad (they’re nature’s candy after all, right?), their high sugar content makes them much more unhealthy than your average piece of fruit, ringing in at 29 grams of sugar for only 1/4 cup.

The solution: you’re much better off adding fresh cranberries, blueberries or strawberries to sweeten your salad instead. While all fruit has a high sugar content, fresh fruit has only natural sugar – while dried fruits often have extra sugar added.

In general, you should always try to opt for mostly plant-based ingredients like fresh fruits, veggies or nuts in your salad – you can treat yourself to one or two unhealthy ingredients like dressing or starchy veggies, but use them sparingly!

For more healthy eating tips, don’t miss: 7 Salad Recipes For Anyone Who Can’t Stand Lettuce and 6 Easy Ways To Cut Calories In Your Go-To Starbucks Drink

[Photo: Nutritionist In The Kitch]

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