Eating a salad a day is directly correlated with higher nutrient levels. Adding salad dressing to a salad
increases the absorption of certain nutrients being consumed.
The fat in salad dressing helps absorb key nutrients such as lycopene and alpha- and beta-carotene. People who eat salads, salad dressing, and raw vegetables are more likely to meet recommended intakes for vitamins C, E and folic acid.
High fruit and vegetable consumption has also been associated with lower rates of pre-menopausal bone loss in women.
Consumption of as little as one serving of salad or raw vegetables per day is significantly associated with the likelihood of meeting the recommended nutrient intakes of each of vitamins A, E, B6, and folic acid.