Benefits Of Lettuce

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Old 02-Mar-2010
Benefits Of Lettuce

Lettuce is one of the most delicate salads, grown as a leaf vegetable. The vegetable is usually consumed as cold and raw, in salads, hamburgers, tacos and a number of other dishes. There are basically six different types of lettuce, namely Butterhead (Boston or Bibb), Chinese lettuce, Crisphead (Iceberg), Looseleaf, Romaine (Cos) and Summer Crisp (Batavian). Usually lettuce leaves are slightly bitter; however they might be specifically bred to get rid of the bitterness. Being high in nutritional value, lettuce offers its users a number of health and nutrition benefits. To know more about them, read on.

Nutritional Value of Lettuce

Given below is the amount of nutrients in 100 gm of lettuce
  • Carbohydrates - 2.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.1 g
  • Fats - 0.2 g
  • Protein - 1.4 g
  • Water - 96 g
  • Vitamin A - 166 μg
  • Folate (Vitamin B9) - 73 μg
  • Vitamin C - 4 mg
  • Vitamin K - 24 μg
  • Iron - 1.2 mg
  • Energy - 10 kcal (60 kJ)
Health & Nutrition Benefits of Coconuts/ Coconut Water
  • The juice of lettuce, when mixed with rose oil and applied to the forehead, helps ease headache and even aids sleep.
  • Lettuce, being high in dietary fiber, aids digestion and is good for those suffering from constipation.
  • Lettuce has been associated with reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke and cataracts.
  • Since lettuce is pretty low in calories, it makes the perfect snack for those trying to lose weight.
  • It is believed that consumption of lettuce might help one get over nervous insomnia.
  • Lettuce has been found to be beneficial in prevention of spina bifida and anemia.
  • Lettuce has been associated with better liver health.

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