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LOVEMOUSE82 SparkPoints: (3,788)
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2/12/13 6:28 A

Thanks so much for the advice! 2 tbsp was really an estimate... I don't actually measure it, so it could be less than that....I was just logging on the side of error. But I am usually within my SP fat ranges anyway....I think I will start to actually measure how much I really use and do what most of u have said...make sure to limit to 1 tbsp or even less.

Keep the posts coming. I love the advice!

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (73,366)
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2/11/13 9:18 P

I agree with a PP - I think if you use one tablespoon of olive oil and either toss your salad really well or put it in a Tupperware container with a lid and shake it, you'll find one tablespoon of olive oil is plenty!

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (6,866)
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2/11/13 9:09 P

I aim for 2-4T healthy oil and/or butter per day. Additionally, I get most of my fat from fish and wild-caught meats.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,614
2/11/13 8:43 P

While the pie chart gives a "middle of the road" picture, pay more attention to your SP ranges. Are you within your SP fat range???

SP dietitian becky

LEKSIPATSY Posts: 380
2/11/13 8:37 P

I use 1 teaspoon olive oil, 2 T vinegar, and herbs as my dressing - it is plenty! I agree with pp - suggesting you cut back on the amount of oil.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,310
2/11/13 8:23 P

2tbsp does sound like a lot for one salad. That's what, about 250 calories just for the oil? Reduces the calories that you have available to eat a wide variety of other nutritious foods.

I find that when i pour dressing on top of a salad, i seem to use a lot more than if i "toss" the salad with dressing. Try putting your salad greens in a big mixing bowl, top with dressing, and toss toss toss toss with a couple of big spoons until the leaves are evenly coated. Then tip out onto your serving plate. I bet you could reduce from 2tbsp to 1tbsp or less and not even notice a flavour difference.

As for your question about "good vs bad" fats, yes something like olive oil is a better option than a saturated or trans-fat-filled fat. It's just that it is still... calories. If you can stick to your calorie ranges, though, then really it's more a matter of personal preference. For example, "Low Carb" dieters tend to have higher fat percentages (replacing some carb calories with fat calories), and they will lose weight eating that way, so long as they pay attention to the bottom line calorie intake.

CARLY241 Posts: 189
2/11/13 8:12 P

You can reduce the amount of oil you are using. 2 Tbsp sounds like a lot to me. Even though olive oil is healthier than other kinds of fats....it is still oil and you need to limit it. Try using a teaspoon and see how that works for you.

LOVEMOUSE82 SparkPoints: (3,788)
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2/11/13 7:58 P

I would love some help with this rather confusing question that seems to slip up in my nutrition data every day....the daily pie chart tells me that I continue to eat more fat than what the ideal percentage would be. But, for lunch I have been having salads with extra virgin olive oil (2 tbsp) and balsamic vinegar. Well, the extra virgin olive oil adds to be like28 g of fat which is a lot!!! But, isn't this good fat? So does it still matter? I wanted to do the EVOO because it seems healthier than salad dressings containing artificial sweeteners and other strange ingredients that I don't know what they are. The rest of my day doesn't include that much fat to put me over the ideal percentage so I know it is from the EVOO. Is this healthy or should I change how I eat my salads to reduce the fat?

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