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New Year’s Resolution: Why Some Fat in Your Salad Is Good


IRWINDALE, CA -- 12/23/2004 -- A recent study by the University of Iowa found that eating salad and vegetables with some added fat actually promotes the absorption of lycopene, alpha and beta-carotenes. A little low fat dressing or moderate amounts of other toppings to flavor your salad makes the experience more enjoyable, as well as healthy and convenient.

Every year after the holidays, thousands of Americans vow ’this will be the year!’ they resolve to maintain healthy lifestyles. But often these vows are cast aside like unwanted holiday gifts. “People start the New Year with good intentions to eat healthy,” says Marji Morrow, director of marketing for Ready Pac, “but it is easy to lose interest if diet changes sacrifice flavor or are simply too time-consuming to fit into our busy lives.”

One of the company’s most popular lines, Ready Pac European-Style Salads are ready-to-eat, restaurant style salads in a wide variety of blends to meet individual preferences. “Consistently shoppers tell us they eat salads for pure enjoyment, which comes from the marriage of their favorite greens, such as our tender baby spinach or arugula, and their personal choice in dressings and toppings. The news that eating a little fat with salads helps absorb antioxidants may help those who feel guilty about salad dressing,” says Morrow, “but moderation is the key.”

U.S. dietary guidelines recommend that Americans eat a diet with a moderate amount of fat, rather than one extremely low in fat. A diet without fat can make it difficult for the human body to absorb antioxidants and other beneficial characteristics of healthy foods.

This year, when you make your New Year’s resolution to embrace a healthy diet, remember that it is not necessary to take fat out completely. Convenient and timesaving Ready Pac salads and vegetables make it effortless to incorporate a little fat into a healthy eating regime. Guilt-free, easy options will make you more apt to stick with your plan. Remember to consult with your physician before making dietary changes.

California-based Ready Pac is a premier processor of fresh-cut produce. With processing facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada, Ready Pac’s award-winning salads, fresh-cut fruit and vegetables are distributed in supermarkets and restaurant chains across North America. For more information, visit


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