A new study seems to point out the advantage of eating rich salad dressings vis a vis fat free ones.
The study found that fats in rich salad dressings assist the body in absorbing key nutrients available in fruits and vegetables.
Mario Ferruzzi, the study's lead author and a food science professor at Purdue University said, "If you want to utilize more from your fruits and vegetables, you have to pair them correctly with fat-based dressings. If you have a salad with a fat-free dressing, there is a reduction in calories, but you lose some of the benefits of the vegetables."
This is because the fat aids body's absorption of carotenoids. Cartenoids, found in plant foods, contain antioxidants, and they help offset the harmful effects of free radicals.