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From: Steve (
Subject:         Re: Oil in salad dressing: Necessary?
Date: September 2, 2007 at 1:18 am PST

In Reply to: Re: Oil in salad dressing: Necessary? posted by Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN on August 31, 2007 at 6:14 am:

Hi Jeff;

By "reduced fat" or "light" salad dressings I meant salad dressings that just use less oil. I manage the amount of food I eat by calories. So I noticed these because they only had 30 calories per serving versus 70 - 100 +. In my area it is very hard to find fat free salad dressings any more. I don't always have the time to make my own. Then there was that study I asked you about, so it started me wondering if I should even be concerned about getting oil free dressings.

As usual your answer was interesting.

While it is easy ( and I agree healthier ) to get more carotenoids by eating more calories from tomatoes than an equal calories in oil I'm not so sure how that would work with a leafy green salad.

A serving of oil based dressing can be about 100 calories. It is easy to eat 100 calories of tomatoes, not so easy to eat 100 calories more in spinach, lettuce etc.

However, trying to eat more leafy vegetables and failing because you get full on them has to be a good thing.

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