Selecting Darker Lettuce for Salads Can Help Prevent Inflammatory Disroders

Lisa Nelson Health Pro
  • Are you a die hard fan of iceberg lettuce?  Iceberg lettuce is a source of vitamins A, C, K, and B6; along with some fiber, potassium, and folate.  This probably sounds great, but compared to romaine lettuce, iceberg falls short nutritionally.

     

    Romaine lettuce has 7 times more vitamin A than iceberg lettuce and about twice the amount of calcium and potassium.  Also, dark leafy greens contain the antioxidant beta carotene.  Antioxidants help prevent against inflammatory disorders, such as heart disease.

     

    So, next time you make a salad, by-pass the iceberg and reach for the leafy romaine.

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Published On: February 06, 2009