The Best Kind of Lettuce

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    I try to eat a salad with every meal and I recently read that spring mix or romaine lettuce is better because it is more filling and ice berg lettuce is mainly comprised of water. What are your thoughts?
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    One cup of iceberg lettuce:
    • 8 calories
    • 0.5 gram protein
    • 0.7 gram fiber
    • 10 mg calcium
    • 78 mg potassium
    • 1.5 mg vitamin C
    • 16 mcg folate
    • 13.3 mcg of vitamin K
    • 164 mcg beta carotene
    • 152 mcg of lutein + zeaxanthin

    One cup of romaine lettuce has:
    • 8 calories
    • 0.58 gram protein
    • 1 gram fiber
    • 16 mg calcium
    • 116 mg potassium
    • 11.3 mg vitamin C
    • 64 mcg folate
    • 48.2 mcg vitamin K
    • 1637 mcg beta carotene
    • 1087 mcg of lutein + zeaxanthin.

    The Romaine lettuce is a better choice.

    I got this from Ask.com. I had always heard Romaine was better, now I know why. Now I wonder how spinach compares. Maybe I will look it up as well.
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    I like the flavor of Romaine or leaf lettuce. Romaine is definitely the healthier of those two.
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    The healthiest lettuce is, of course, the one you will eat!!

    Seriously......there are many people, especially Baby Boomers and older, who didn't grow up on farms and thus never saw any lettuce other than iceberg. It was the only kind available in the stores and served in restaurants when we were young---I don't think I even tasted Romaine until I was in my late teens---so that's what a lot of us 'old folks' prefer.

    For myself, I still like iceberg lettuce better than any other kind, but I've learned to enjoy other types of greens in my salads, including spinach. It's been a steep learning curve; I was not brought up in a veggie-loving household, and I loathe spending time in the kitchen so it's a good thing that prepackaged salads were invented!
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    Marla, I love the pre-packaged lettuce! Seems so old fashioned to actually chop lettuce and clean it. LOL

    The darker the green leafy the better. Spinach is a superfood. I eat the mixed greens alternating with fresh spinach. I've been eating it for so long, iceberg lettuce is tasteless to me.
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    Quote from Tweety
    Marla, I love the pre-packaged lettuce! Seems so old fashioned to actually chop lettuce and clean it. LOL

    The darker the green leafy the better. Spinach is a superfood. I eat the mixed greens alternating with fresh spinach. I've been eating it for so long, iceberg lettuce is tasteless to me.

    Ditto !!!!

    I never had iceberg 'til I came to this country.. and thought what the heck is THIS stuff ???? :chuckle

    Thankfully, my ex MIL taught me how to grow a good garden up in CT., and I grew all the GOOD stuff.. various types of lettuce.. the green leafy kinds, also "ruby"...

    Iceberg really has little nutritional value at all.. it's tasteless and without texture. Blech!
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    I hear Romaine is the healthiest, but I love Iceberg also love the crunch.
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    Romaine lettuce is definitely better for you. And in my personal opinion, better tasting also. A lot of people prefer romaine hearts, which is the crunchiest part of the lettuce. They sell packages of the romaine hearts if that's what you like. But, the nutrients are in the darker green areas of the leafs. Try it as a fattoush salad... my most favorite dish in the whole world!!
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    Wow.....I give you guys credit......I don't like lettuce, so I don't eat it. Back to my chocolatechip low fat cardboard tasting santa shaped cookies I go!
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    Quote from jnette
    Ditto !!!!

    I never had iceberg 'til I came to this country.. and thought what the heck is THIS stuff ???? :chuckle

    Thankfully, my ex MIL taught me how to grow a good garden up in CT., and I grew all the GOOD stuff.. various types of lettuce.. the green leafy kinds, also "ruby"...

    Iceberg really has little nutritional value at all.. it's tasteless and without texture. Blech!
    When I think of what I spend on those bags of lettuce I cringe. My mom always had a leaf lettuce garden going. She would put it under glass and we would have fresh lettuce from March thru November. You have to keep watch, the animals love leaf lettuce and if you don't keep it covered they will eat more than you.


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