Crunchy and green, ordinary lettuce is one of the most amazing greens, loaded with essential nutrients that are beneficial to our overall health.
The modern variety “iceberg“ that is sometimes likened with cabbage, recently shifting his ordinary relative, acquaintance from the yard of her grandmother. From a nutritional standpoint, it should be the opposite! In comparisons with iceberg lettuce, green lettuce has:
- Less sugar and sodium
- Twice as much protein
- Two times more calcium
- Four times more iron
- Eight times more vitamin C
- Seventeen times more vitamin A (hidden in green!)
Lettuce leaves are one of the most low calorie green vegetables – 100g provide only 15 calories. However, they contain many phyto–nutrients and high levels of fiber, useful for disease prevention. Lettuce are rich sources of vitamin K. Vitamin K plays a role a role in bone metabolism, which promotes an increase in bone tissue. Also plays an important role in blood clotting.
Currently Fashion Detox diets and turns to green juices and smoothies (nectar), let’s say that lettuce is perfect for this purpose! It is good to combine with the juice of carrots, spinach, green peppers and alfalfa. Such juice promotes growth of hair and some doctors even regained its normal color. For lettuce juice must be used dark green and not pale inner leaves. It is advisable to select organic lettuce or homemade, to avoid the potential for high levels of nitrates.