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Lettuce Has A Ton of Nutrients in it?

I had no idea that this was the case. If you eat a big salad containing one head of romaine lettuce, you'll get an amazing amount and variety of nutrients. Of course you'll put some flavor on it, some pepper, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil.

1 head of Romaine contains:

100 calories
8 grams of protein
727% of Vitamin A
250% of Vitamin C
34% Iron
21% calcium
44% potassium
etc etc

Click on the link, pretty cool.


Sun. Feb 4, 6:02pm

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This may be from PT to promote the CalorieWiki, but if not, be careful about quoting wikis as a resource as it's not independently verified information - mearly what the author or subsequent editors have posted (eg Wikipedia). I agree lettuce is great, but why not a more reliable source?


Sunday, February 04, 2007, 6:23 PM

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i dont work at PT, but if you click on the nutrition data link and select a head of lettuce as the serving size- the information is identical. I think all these places get their info from the same sources.

Sunday, February 04, 2007, 8:25 PM

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The values for a head of lettuce aren't very useful when a standard serving of raw vegetables is a cup, and that works out to be a single leaf of romaine all torn up.

Monday, February 05, 2007, 12:19 AM

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You seem surprised...I think it's just iceberg lettuce that contains very few nutrients (or calories, or anything but water really). The rule of thumb is the darker the leaf, the greater the nutritional value.

Monday, February 05, 2007, 1:34 AM

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OP here- yes my point (and only point) was that somehow I got it into my head that lettuce had no nutritional value. I guess growing up, iceberg lettuce was the only game in town and now we have all this fancy stuff, which is great for you.

Monday, February 05, 2007, 8:02 AM

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the fat content quoted seems out of line for a head of lettuce. other resources i've checked have significantly lower fat content-more like (0.1) gram per cup. when i find something interesting on the PT wikki, i usually double check another reference, as i do with most nutritional info, no matter the original source.

Monday, February 05, 2007, 8:36 AM

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I totally agree with the above poster, I get my info from many different places and double check. I clicked on the "better resource" which I question as well - lettuce filling? I don't think so.

Monday, February 05, 2007, 10:16 AM

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FWIW, I think with lettuce as with all vegetables, the fresher it is, the more nutrients it has. Not that that stops me from taking over a week to get around to eating produce I've bought.

Monday, February 05, 2007, 10:22 AM

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