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7 Ways Your Salad Is Making You Fat

November 1, 2012

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Salad always sounds like a healthy choice, but it's not a sure thing. There are tons of ways to screw up a salad. Adding fried chicken or creamy dressing, for example, means your light lunch just got heavier. Many young athletes unknowingly harm their nutrition by going overboard with salad toppings.

Our friends at Men's Fitness enlisted the help of Tanya Zuckerbrot, RD, to list seven ways your salad is making you fat. How many of them are you doing?

Shredded Cheese

Maybe it doesn't seem like a big deal, but a single serving of shredded cheese instantly adds nearly 225 calories and 20 grams of fat. Basically, if you top a salad with that much cheese, it's not a salad any more. If you need cheese, add just a fraction of a full serving for flavor. A little goes a long way.

Fried Chicken

Protein is great, but when the chicken is deep fried, its nutritional value is reduced. Grilling your three-ounce serving of chicken instead of frying it easily saves you 100 calories and a shocking 20 grams of fat. Can you sacrifice breading for 20 grams of fat?

Dried Fruit

Don't let the name fool you, dried fruit is pretty much the same as candy. Add it to your bowl of greens, and you're piling on 30 grams of carbs. Ditch the dried fruit and go for fresh. Just chop up some apples for an extra 80 calories.

For the full list of salad blunders, head over to Men's Fitness. For more great nutrition tips, visit STACK.com/fuel.

Brandon Guarneri
- Brandon Guarneri served as a Content Director for STACK Media. He oversaw production for STACK Magazine and created video content with athletes and brands for...
Brandon Guarneri
- Brandon Guarneri served as a Content Director for STACK Media. He oversaw production for STACK Magazine and created video content with athletes and brands for...
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