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7 Ingredients that can spice up your salad and their health benefits
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Earlier this week I wrote an article about how people thought salads were healthier than other fast food. And in that article I mentioned how fast food restaurants ruin your salad and did a little comparison, showing that salads were not healthier than the medium sized burgers from the same fast food restaurant. Today itís the other way round and Iíll be showing how to spice up salads. ( Read :† food slicer reviews )

This post is a part of the ďMrX saidĒ series and as you might now, the post is based on a comment from a reader. The person who left the comment was hebridean, unfortunately he or she doesnít have a website to point to, so I will keep his or her identity hidden and donít point to her twitter account or something.

hebridean said the following in his or her comment:

Good post but only half the story. Youíve done a great job setting out the problems, but Iíd liked to see solutions as well, for instance I use fresh squeezed lemon juice as substitute for salad dressing. Itís great that youíre getting the message out there!

In the other post about how fast food restaurants mess up your salad it was all about how bad the salads were for you. This time weíre turning the tables around and Iíll be writing about how healthy properly made salads are and what vegetables to put in the salads to spice them up.
Lettuce: Being the main ingredient for most salads, lettuceís taste and health benefits canít be overlooked. Lettuce is known to aid digestion and promote liver health. It can also reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and cataracts. It helps to reduce the risk of cancer, helps prevent spina bifida and anaemia and may ease nervous insomnia.
Basil: Lovely little plant that adds quite some flavor to the salad. Besides the favor basil is a source for Vitamin K, iron, calcium, vitamin A, manganese, magnesium, vitamin C, and potassium. It is good for the heart, because it helps to prevent build-up in the arteries and fights free radicals. The magnesium helps blood vessels to relax which increases blood circulation.
Bok Choy (Pak Choy): For people that like to have their salad a bit bitter, bok choy, also known as pak choy, is a great source for the bitterness in your salad. Bok choy is a source of folate and potassium. It also provides calcium for bone health. Carotenoids in bok choy act as antioxidants and can reduce free radical damage in the body.
Spinach: Just like bok choy, spinach adds a bit of a bitter taste to your salad. Spinach contains high levels of potassium and folate. Spinach may reduce the risk of cancer, helps to avoid and relieve anaemia and may protect against eye degeneration and heart disease. Itís also known that spinach is a nice source for iron.
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