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The Association for Dressings and Sauces
Celebrate The 20th Anniversary of National Salad Month This May
(May 2012) ATLANTA, GA – The Association for Dressings & Sauces (ADS), the international trade association representing manufacturers of salad dressing and condiment sauce products and the suppliers to the industry, celebrates the 20th anniversary of National Salad Month (NSM) in May 2012.

NSM is a month-long event held every May to celebrate creative salad recipe ideas and to encourage consumers to eat more leafy greens. The NSM event was created in May 1992 in response to a Gallup Poll that revealed three out of four people eat a tossed salad at least every other day. A research study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that salad eaters tend to have higher intakes of key nutrients, including vitamins C, E and folate.

The latest recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest eating more fruits and vegetables and prompted the release of the MyPlate icon that depicts filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Eating a salad every day with your favorite dressing is an easy way to meet this guideline and increase intake of key nutrients.

And research shows that eating salad vegetables with added fat, such as full-fat salad dressings, actually promotes the absorption of lycopene, alpha- and beta-carotenes, all of which aid in the fight against cancer and heart disease, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The healthy oils found in many salad dressings help the body to better absorb key nutrients. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans also recommends increased use of oils to replace solid fats where possible. Oil-based salad dressings were highlighted as foods that contain oil. Additionally, the majority of salad dressings are free of trans fats.

To find creative salad recipe ideas and information about the healthfulness of consuming salads with your favorite dressing, visit or

About The Association for Dressings and Sauces (ADS)
ADS is an international trade association representing the manufacturers of salad dressings and condiment sauces and the suppliers to the industry. For information about the research behind the health benefits of eating fresh vegetables and salad dressings, visit Visit the ADS website at for more information on salads and salad dressings and to download a copy of the brochure, "The Good News About Salad Dressings & Sauces."

Jacqueline Petty, APR
(404) 252-3663, ext. 2969