The Health Benefits of Lettuce
That green leafy stuff that sits on your plate or on your burger is more than just a pretty addition. It has a large nutritional benefit that is easy to get. Just make sure that you don’t go for the ice burg lettuce. Pick lettuce with vibrance, color, and uniqueness. Collard greens, cabbage greens, red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, broccoli greens, etc. are all great choices for additional nutrients on your plate. You don’t have to be a rabbit to enjoy them either.
- Nutritional Info:
Caloric Ratios: 70% Carbs, 8% Fats, 22% Protein
Estimated Glycemic Load: 1
Vitamin Benefits: High in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K.
Mineral Benefits: High in Manganese.
- Body Benefits:
Just like carrots, cue the rabbit analogy, one cup of lettuce delivers a large 50% DV of Vitamin A. Vitamin A made of carotenoids, alpha-carotene, and lycopene can support lower risks of lung cancer in older adults. Further, Vitamin A rich with lutein and zeaxanthin can help protect against cataracts in older adults. Vitamin K, otherwise known as menadione, can help against hip fractures in older adults. One cup of lettuce delivers 78%DV of Vitamin K. The conclusion of lettuce is that if you are an aging adult, you should make sure to double up on this leafy green.