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Hidden Physique-Killing Foods - Part 3

Not every so-called bodybuilder-friendly food is all it’s cracked up to be. Here’s how to make the right choices with 3 staple foods.


Salad Dressing

Physique Builders: Dressing’s made with vegetable oils like olive oil are chock full of unsaturated fats that can promote fat-burning and healthy cholesterol levels. These same fats improve the absorption of fat-soluble antioxidants found in vegetables like beta-carotene. Olive oil goes one step further, dishing out the natural anti-inflammatory oleocanthal.

Physique Killers: In similar fashion to peanut butter, many low-fat and fat-free dressings are simply pumped with more sugars (such as corn syrup) than their fattier brethren. Not a good exchange for your six-pack. That said, creamy dressings can add an unwanted calorie and fat wallop to your green giants.

Smart Play: Forgo the creamy and wimpy slimmed down versions and select healthier oil and vinegar mixtures. Better yet, make your own: Combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar and hot Dijon mustard for a well-dressed salad.

May we suggest: Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing (www.newmansown.com); 2 Tbsp: 90 calories, 0g protein, 3g carbohydrate, 9g fat (1g fat)