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Diet and meal salad, salad is higher in calories than fries

  1. Medical scientists recommend eating three times a day. Recommendations about the food products are also made. For example about eating a meal salad. A meal salad sounds like a delicious and healthy meal to many. However, when these meals are eaten, a ready-made meal is often chosen from, for example, a supermarket chain such as Albert Heijn and Jumbo. Still, eating a meal salad isn't always a wise choice. Especially not when you have the desire to lose weight, or when you are on a diet or weight control. Scientific research has shown that many meal salads contain more calories than fries with mayonnaise.

Ready-made meal salads

  1. Meal salads are all the rage in the 21st century. These meal salads aren't just bought for convenience. The meal salads are also eaten by many :)

Consumentenbond

  1. In July 2013, the Consumers' Association published a research report on the health level of ready-to-eat salads. The Consumers' Association used the two most popular salads for its scientific research:

Research result

  1. This survey by the consumer association showed, among other things, that almost all the meal salads studied contain too few vegetables. The recommended amount of vegetables that a person should preferably eat daily has been set by the nutrition center at 150 grams. The average amount of vegetables in the studied meal salads turned out to be only 130 grams. The goat cheese salad from the Jumbo is even a negative exception to this. This meal salad from the Jumbo contains only 90 grams of vegetables, according to the Consumer Association's test. Only Albert Heijn's Caesar salad received a satisfactory score in terms of the amount of vegetables in the meal salad. This meal salad turned out to contain exactly the recommended 150 grams of vegetables.

Calories

  1. During the investigation, the Consumers' Association also established that the number of calories in a ready-made meal salad is alarming. Some of the meal salads studied contain even more calories than a portion of fries with mayonnaise or a tasty hamburger sandwich from Mac Donalds. For example, a portion of fries with mayonnaise contains an average of 552 calories and a Mac Donald's Bic Mac 492 calories. On average, meal salads were found to contain 650 calories. For example, the Consumers' Association research shows that a goat cheese salad from the AH is even a real calorie bomb. The goat cheese salad contains over 800 calories. The alarming number of calories can be explained by the additions that are made in the meal salads during the preparations. Where salads used to consist mainly of vegetables, possibly supplemented with fruit, a meal salad is now often made up with tasty, but very unhealthy ingredients. For added ingredients you can think of:

Calorie table meal salads

  1. Studies on the number of calories in a meal salad show that the number of calories in a meal salad is very high.

Make your own healthy meal salads

  1. Meal salads certainly do not have to be as unhealthy as the survey by the Consumers' Association and indicated above. A great alternative is to make healthy meal salads yourself. If you regularly eat meal salads, it is wise not to limit yourself to lettuce, but to vary to your heart's content with many types of vegetables. The added vegetables ensure that one can take in all the necessary nutrients.

Dressing

  1. A delicious and healthy meal salad is often offset by an unhealthy, fatty and high-calorie dressing. Due to the use of a lot of glucose-rich, ready-to-eat salad dressings, a salad is often even less healthier than fast-food, biscuits or sweets. A healthier alternative is to make your own meal salads and make the dressings yourself on the basis of olive oil or yogurt.

  2. A delicious and healthy meal salad is often offset by an unhealthy, fatty and high-calorie dressing. Due to the use of a lot of glucose-rich, ready-to-eat salad dressings, a salad often becomes even more unhealthy than fast-food, biscuits or sweets. A healthier alternative is to make your own meal salads and make the dressings yourself on the basis of olive oil or yogurt.



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