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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A healthy trip to the salad bar can quickly take an unhealthy turn once the fatty, sugary, and calorie-laden toppings are piled on.

To help make sure your healthy salad stays healthy, here are 5 ingredients to steer clear of.

1: Cheese.
America's favorite dairy product can plop a hefty amount of calories onto a bed of greens, so use it sparingly. Resist piling cheese on your salad; using just small a small amount of bleu, feta, or parmesan cheese will add a big boost of flavor.

2: Croutons and crispy noodles.
They're packed with calories and carbs. Drizzling one-half cup of crispy noodles will add 117 calories to your dish, and the equivalent amount of seasoned croutons will tack on 93 calories.

3: Bacon.
Daily consumption is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. If your salad is begging for some bacon, top it with one strip of meat. A small portion of this savory ingredient should pack enough flavor for the whole meal.

4: Fat-free dressing.
Fat-free dressings rely on extra sugar and salt for flavor. Instead, try reduced-fat varieties, which offer healthy fats while limiting sugar and calories.

5: Dried Fruit.
Manufacturers often add sugar during the dehydration process, so the calories can quickly add up.
Avoid popular culprits, like cranberries, which total about 130 calories and 29 grams of sugar for a fourth of a cup. Instead, opt for naturally sweet raisins.

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