It’s unfortunate that the recent E. coli outbreak may have prompted Americans to cut back on their vegetable consumption, particularly salads. A recent study conducted by the UCLA School of Public Health reveals less than 50% of the U.S. population meets daily dietary recommendations for fresh produce.

Eating just one salad a day provides even greater health benefits than previously thought, note UCLA’s experts, whose research was published in the September issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

According to the study:

  • Those who eat salads and raw vegetables with salad dressing benefit from considerably higher levels of vitamins C, E, B6 and folic acid—key nutrients in promoting a healthy immune system and reducing the risk of obesity, heart disease and other chronic illnesses.
  • High fruit and vegetable consumption has also been associated with lower rates of premenopausal bone loss in women.
  • Eating a salad a day is a convenient way to boost your overall health.
  • Frequent salad consumption reflects a healthier lifestyle in general.

Some Organic Authority recipes to get you started: