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iVillage: 10 Healthy Eating Myths That Could Be Ruining Your Diet

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Myth: Salad Is Always the Way to Go

Truth: When watching what you eat it seems like a no-brainer: Trade in your usual burger order at your favorite fast food joint for a salad. While it could be a healthy switch, there’s no guarantee. For example, says Gans, “A plain burger can have 250 calories and 9 grams of fat, while a Caesar salad with grilled chicken can have 380 calories and 23 grams of fat.” If you choose crispy chicken, you’re looking at a salad with 540 calories and 36 grams of fat! When choosing salads, says Gans, be careful about the salad dressing, too, which can pack on a lot of calories. Opt for low-fat dressings, such as balsamic vinaigrette or Italian, and avoid creamy dressings, like ranch or Caesar. Salads topped with croutons, cheese, bacon or anything crispy, are sure to be packed with more calories and fat than you want.

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