October 18, 2012 by thehealthyheartcenter
Lettuce is one of the most popular vegetables and offers numerous health benefits; however, not all lettuce is created equal! A great rule of thumb is the darker the green, the more nutritious the leaf. Among being low in calorie, this super-food is filled with potassium, folate, antioxidants, calcium, and vitamins C and K. Regular consumption of dark leafy greens is known to prevent osteoporosis, iron-deficient anemia, and believed to protect against cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancers.
Great lettuce picks include:
2. Red or green leaf
In the store choose leaves that have a crispy, bright look. Avoid sunken leaves with spots or discoloration. If purchasing a pre-washed item, it does not need to be re-washed at home to avoid contamination; however if not indicated, wash lettuce before use, or store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
Perk up your salad!
For a peppery flavor: argula or watercress
For leaves that aren’t green: red-and-white raddichio
For flavor with a “bite”: chicory or escarole
For a mild flavor and delicate green color: mache or Boston or Bibb lettuce
For a deep green color: spinach
For a crisp texture: romaine
Get green and let-tuce eat!