A study by Penn State found that diets that include appropriate amounts of Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFAs) may help with bone resorption. This means it may slow down bone loss while allowing bone growth to continue at its normal rate. These fatty acids can be found in such foods as walnuts and flaxseeds. This study used whole foods as opposed to supplements or oils as have been used in other studies. So go ahead, sprinkle a few walnuts on your salad. It may be good for your bones.
It's also important to have some fat with salads. Otherwise you get filled up on veggies, but are hungry again very soon. I'm a big fan of cheese and nuts on a salad if it's going to be a meal. That or tuna. The tricky part about nuts is eating more than just a handful, which is really not supposed to be a hand FULL, but rather just a few. Thanks for the encouragement, Mary P.