People who eat plenty of salads, or raw vegetables in general, typically have higher blood levels of several important nutrients, according to a study. Researchers found that even one serving of raw vegetables a day moved people closer to getting the recommended amounts of vitamins A, E, B6 and folic acid. And as salad and raw vegetable intake increased, so did blood levels of vitamins C and E, folic acid and several carotenoides—antioxidants that give yellow, orange and red hues to many vegetables and fruits. Overall, salad and veggie consumers had higher blood levels of a range of nutrients—15% higher, on average, than people who reported a menu free of raw vegetables. They were also two to three times more likely to meet the recommended daily intake for vitamin, C. What’s more, the dose of salad didn’t have to be large to help people meet their daily requirements for several nutrients. Even one a day made a difference, noted Arab, a professor of epidemiology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Benefits Of Eating Salads
Slim down your waist
Salads are very low in calories, so eating salad in place of many other fatty foods will help you slim down the pounds.
Get to sleep easier
Lettuce contains a sleep inducing substance called ‘lectucarium’ which has been used to treat cases of insomnia.
High source of fiber
Salads are high in fiber which slows the rate that sugar is absorbed into the blood-stream, makes your intestines move faster, and it speeds up the digestive process.
Lower your food cravings
Eating a salad will help reduce cravings for many other fatty foods. Additionally eating a small salad before a meal will help prevent over-eating.
Fast and easy
Don’t have time to cook a meal? Or not quite sure what to get on the menu? Choosing a salad is always quick and easy. Anyone can easily make a salad and any place you choose to dine will probably have a salad on their menu.
A high-fiber diet helps you have soft, regular bowel movements, reducing constipation.
Protect against diseases
By improving digestive health, eating salads can help protect the body from diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
Increased Immune system
Eating salads is a great way to increase your vegetable intake and vegetables contain antioxidants which help aid in booting the immune system.
Lettuce’s vitamin C and beta-carotene work together to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. This prevents the build up of plaque.
Helps Weight Loss
Lettuce contains fiber and cellulose. Besides filling you up, fiber improves your digestion. Improving your digestion may not sound like a good thing for losing weight, but it is actually essential for long term weight control.
Fiber also helps remove bile salts from the body. When the body replaces these salts it breaks down cholesterol to do so. This is why lettuce is also good for your heart!