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Dressing for Success

Salad dressings aren't all bad

(HealthDayNews) -- If you're eating that wonderful salad without a dressing because you're watching your weight, you might reconsider after you read the results of this study.

According to the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, a high intake of alpha-linolenic acid helps reduce the risk of heart problems, including heart attack and heart rhythm disorders. Alpha-linolenic acid is found in safflower and sunflower oils, which are ingredients in most salad dressings, except the fat-free kind.

The study, reported by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, involved 76,283 people who were followed for 10 years beginning in 1984.

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