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Salad Carbohydrates

Explain advantages of Salad Carbs?
(August 4, 2011)

Though salads are often the go to food for weight loss and healthy eating, being sensible about what you put in your salads. Every vegetable also has some carbohydrates in them. So if your salad is high on potatoes and carrots, it might be a salad but a high carbohydrate salad. Just ruling out carbohydrates completely is not a good idea. The aim should be to replace carbohydrates with complex carbohydrates with even have fiber.

Salads with pastas should be substituted with whole grain pasta. If you are fond of the three bean or four bean salads, these are high carbohydrate but excellent because beans are full of fiber and are considered a good source of protein too. Salad dressings and add-ons to salads are also tricky. Learning to read labels might help in the case of readymade salad dressings but you could also learn to make your own dressings, controlling the quality of the ingredients.
Submitted by N on August 4, 2011 at 11:11


Which is a good low carb salad dressing?

Salads are becoming increasingly popular as snacks and even as full meals. A salad can be prepared by anyone simply by throwing together a few easily available ingredients into a mix with some sort of dressing. Salads provide the body with nutritional variety, something that is essential for good health. A simple salad will, by definition, contain some vegetables and, perhaps, some meat sources. The problem with such salads is the dressing. Salad dressings like mayonnaise tend to be fattening, thus diminishing the benefit of the entire meal. It is therefore necessary to find some salad dressing that has low levels of fat and carbohydrates.

Olive oil is a particularly popular salad dressing. One may dress the salad directly in olive oil as it is a popular low carb salad dressing. However, one may wish to add more flavor than just the flavor of the oil. Various herbs and condiments can be added to the mix as well. Vinegar and garlic are two items that do not add any carbs to the mix. The dressing can be diluted with small amounts of water and flavored with a little bit of salt and pepper. One can try various combinations to get the taste just right.
Submitted by N on July 21, 2011 at 11:43


How many carbs are there in vegetable salad?

The number of carbs in vegetable salad would depend on the ingredients you put into the salad. Some vegetables are higher in carbohydrates as compared to others and hence the number of carbs would vary from salad to salad. Green vegetables generally have fewer or no carbs at all while vegetables like winter squash and potatoes have higher carbohydrate content. The salad dressings you use can also add more carbs to the vegetable salad.

Studies have shown that in general a vegetable salad would contain an average of 5 grams of carbohydrates per serving cup. This carbohydrate count would be a total of the sugar and dietary fiber found in the salad. On the other hand the count of carbohydrates in potato salad would be around 28 grams per cup of salad. This count would also vary depending on the serving size and type of potato salad.   

Vegetables like lettuce, spinach, beans, cabbage, kale, collards and even herbs like parsley, thyme, celery, rosemary, basil and cilantro are all low in carbohydrates while vegetables like potatoes, carrots, onions and beetroots are higher in carbs. Therefore the count of carbs in vegetable salad would vary depending on what you have used in the salad.
Submitted by N on July 16, 2011 at 11:42


How many carbs are in chicken salad?

A salad is a healthy food that can be consumed at any time of the day. The advantage of a salad is the fact that it can be adjusted to suit the nutritional requirements of an individual easily. Furthermore, a good salad provides the body with great nutritional variety as it contains plenty of fresh greens along with whatever the main ingredient or flavoring is. It is important to make sure that the salad is prepared in a healthy way. Some people tend to add mayonnaise and other dressings that may be fatty and unhealthy.

The amount of carbs in chicken Caesar salad depends on the recipe that is being prepared. One can prepare a healthy recipe with boiled and salted chicken that is added to various types of leaves and vegetables. The dressing is the key when it comes to the nutritional value of a salad. In some fast food restaurants, a salad may actually be quite fattening. The fat offered by such a salad would cover more than 30% of the individual’s daily allowance of fat. Such salads will provide between 10% and 15% of one’s daily requirement of carbs. Salads prepared with low fat dressings are healthier and may continue to be as tasty.
Submitted by N on July 12, 2011 at 11:39


How many carbs are there in salad dressing?

Salads are considered to be the mainstay of any diet plan with a lot of attention being paid to the nutritional value that the vegetables and fruits they contain. However, it is also important to remember that one should also take into account the carbs in the salad dressing as well as its over nutritional value, to make sure that you are consuming foods that are beneficial to your body.

Given that there are different types of salad dressing and that they are all prepared in their own way, it is important to get an idea of the carbohydrate content of the various types to keep you in the loop about how nutritional your salad is. The carbohydrates in blue cheese salad dressing, for instance, is about 2 grams in every single tablespoon while the carbohydrates in olive garden salad dressing is measured in at being about 22 grams. Creamy dressings will contain an average of about 0.70 grams of net carbs while a Caesar dressing contains about 0.46 net carbohydrates. The thousand islands dressing is a very popular one and is considered to be one of the dressings with the most carbohydrate content – with studies showing it to contain as much as 2.24 grams of net carbs.
Submitted by N on July 7, 2011 at 11:38


Benefits of Carbohydrates in Fruits

Salads are an essential part of every meal. They are made of vegetables, fruits, legumes and so on. Dressing on salad gives a special look and taste to the salad. Mayonnaise is generally used. In case of weight reduction diets, lime juice, vinegar and olive oil are good substitutes. Cellulose in vegetables is not broken down in the system and hence raw green leaves are blended to speedup digestion and absorption. Vegetables or fruits are added to the blended salad. Lettuce and other greens are added to a salad, as green leaves are rich in antioxidants and phyto nutrients. Use of vinegar and lime juice in salads decreases stomach emptying and thus affects glucose metabolism. Sweeteners, added fillers and mayonnaise are also added. Avoid these if you are on diet or weight reduction. Nuts are also an essential part of salads. But, care is essential, as nuts are calorie dense and is not added during weight loss. Healthy fats and fibre are generally absent in most salads. Adding these enhances the diet in a wholesome manner. The carbohydrates in salads scrub the intestinal sides, thereby increasing the nutrient absorption. Certain chemical components  such as quercetin (onion), lycopene (tomatoes) and indoles (broccoli) prove beneficial to the system.
Submitted by E L on April 18, 2008 at 10:55


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