To meet current consumer demand for variety, the choices for salad dressings are endless. It is important that individuals consume the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only one in 10 adults consume enough fruits or vegetables. Without the convenience of prepared salad dressings, consumers may choose to avoid fresh salads, fruits, and vegetables altogether.
Consumers do benefit in using salad dressing on their salads. For example, the fat in salad dressings increases the absorption of certain nutrients. A Journal of the American Dietetic Association published study found that those who eat salads, raw vegetables, and salad dressing have considerably higher levels of vitamins C, E and folic acid, all key nutrients in promoting a healthy immune system. An American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published study showed eating salad vegetables with some added fat, such as full-fat salad dressings, promotes the absorption of lycopene, alpha- and beta-carotenes, all of which aid in the fight against cancer and heart disease.
In today’s fast-paced world, it is nice for consumers to have options to allow them to maximize the little leisure time they have, and salad dressings sold at retail markets make consuming a salad a day even easier.
Founded in 1926, the Association for Dressings & Sauces (ADS) is an international trade association of manufacturers of salad dressings, mayonnaise, condiment sauces and the suppliers to the industry. For more information about ADS, visit the Association’s website.