Choose Romaine Lettuce Over Iceberg Lettuce for Better Nutrition

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Choose Romaine Lettuce Over Iceberg Lettuce for Better Nutrition

Iceberg lettuce was definitely the popular lettuce around town for years. It was used in salads and placed in tacos and sandwiches of all kinds to boost the nutritional value of the food. Americans still eat a lot of iceberg lettuce — according to WebMD, about 17 pounds of iceberg lettuce a year. So, what’s the big deal?

Iceberg Brings Up the Rear on Nutrition Scale

The big deal, according to Jill Nussinow, MS, RD, a culinary educator in Northern California and the author of The Veggie Queen, is that iceberg lettuce ranks no. 10 on the rating scale of healthy leafy greens. Nussinow remarks that, although there is some nutritional value to the good ol’ iceberg, it is very small compared to other greens. In fact, iceberg lettuce is mostly water, about 95% to be exact.  So, if nutrition is your focus, you might want to ease up on the iceberg lettuce and opt for something a bit stronger in this area such as the up and coming romaine lettuce.


Nutritional Value of the Romaine Lettuce

Romaine lettuce is brimming with nutrition. One serving (about 1 cup) can actually provide you with 82% of your daily requirement of vitamin A. It also high in vitamin K and C and has 16% of your daily folate requirement. Romaine lettuce also contains significant amounts of several minerals and its fiber content is very helpful for burning fat.

Romaine lettuce is most popular for its role in the Caesar salad, but can be used in a variety of dishes. Add it wherever you feel a nutritional boost is needed. It is a wonderful addition to green smoothies.

Iceberg or Romaine? The Choice is Yours

Greens are a very important part of a nutritious diet. Remember to choose romaine lettuce over iceberg lettuce for better nutrition. Of course, there are some that will eat nothing else but iceberg lettuce. And, laying nutrition aside, there are some interesting qualities of the iceberg. But, that’s another post for another time.

Which lettuce do you reach for on supermarket shelves? Iceberg or Romaine? Please share below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About the Author

Loraine R. Dégraff

Loraine is a passionate health and wellness writer and is particularly interested in working with the body through diet and nutrition. She currently lives in Queens, NY with her husband and 5 children and would love to talk “health” with you. View all posts with Health Tips.