Have you ever wondered when is the best time to eat salad?
Should it be before a meal, with a meal or after a meal?
I did some research and found some really cool salad eating facts. I’m excited to share them in this video.
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Is Best Time to Eat Salad Before a Meal?
A 2012 study found that eating a salad before a meal boosts vegetable intake by 23%! This is because when you first sit down to a meal you are hungry, so you are likely to eat whatever is put in front of you.
Eating a salad before your meal will fill you up and reduce the amount of high-calorie food you eat during the main course and your overall caloric intake during that meal. This is perfect for those looking to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
From a digestive standpoint, it is actually much better to eat the foods that digest more quickly before the foods that take a little longer to digest. This way food will easily flow through your digestive system and prevent digestive issues like bloating or gas. Vegetables digest quickly so they should be first.
Is Best Time to Eat Salad During a Meal?
Most of us are busy during the week so it is much easier to serve everything all at once instead of serving a two-course meal. Serving salad as a side dish will still remind you to eat your veggies so it is a good option.
Is Best Time to Eat Salad After a Meal?
Eating a salad after a meal is something you see in European cultures. French and Italian cultures believe that salad after a meal improves digestion and doesn’t interfere with the taste of the wine. I’m not sure what the science is behind the digestion belief. As for wine tasting, it is said that a vinaigrette salad dressing makes the white wine sweeter and red wine stronger.
The Best Time to Eat Salad
To make sure you eat your veggies, lose weight, and keep digestion in check, the best time to eat salad is before the main course or as a meal in itself.
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