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                <p>Lettuce nutrition.. Grown as a leaf vegatable and a
member of the daisy family, lettuce is mostly served cold and raw in
salads or sandwiches as a cooling counterbalance to other ingredients due
to its mild flavour.</p>
<p>• Lettuce has been cultivated for more than 2,500 years. It is a
native to Europe and Asia but is grown throughout the world today.</p>
<p>• The name comes from 'milk' in latin as the plant has a milky
juice: milk is lac in Latin, leche in Spanish, lait in French.</p>
<p>• The Yazidis that live in Northern Iraq consider eating lettuce a
taboo, as they believe evil is found in it.</p>
<p>• Lettuce was considered an aphrodisiac food in Ancient Egypt.</p>
<p>• In China, lettuce is usually eaten cooked and the use of the stem
is as important as the use of the leaf.</p>
<p><strong>Types of Lettuce: </strong></p>
<p>Romaine: Large, crisp leaves and a slightly sharp flavor.</p>
<p>Loose leaf: Mildly and delicately flavored leaves.</p>
<p>Chinese lettuce: Bitter taste on long and sword-shaped leaves.</p>
<p>Iceberg: Mild taste on crunchy leaves.</p>
<p>Butterhead lettuce: Softest leaves with a loose head and buttery
taste.</p>
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<p>Batavian lettuce: Non-hearty with frilly and crunchy - nutty flavoured
leaves.</p>
<p><strong>Lettuce Nutrition Values per 100 g</strong></p>
<p>(Butterhead variety):</p>
<p>Calories: 13 kcal</p>
<p>Water: 96 g</p>
<p>Carbohydrates: 2.2 g</p>
<p>Fat: 0.2 g</p>
<p>Protein: 1.4 g</p>
<p>Dietary fibre: 1.1 g</p>
<p>Vitamin A: 166 ?g (18%)</p>
<p>Folate: 73 ?g (18%)</p>
<p>Vitamin C: 4 mg (7%)</p>
<p>Vitamin K: 24 ?g (23%)</p>
<p>Iron: 1.2 mg (10%)</p>
<p><strong>Lettuce Nutrition and Health Benefits:</strong></p>
<p>• Lettuce can be eaten freely by diabetics, as it is very low in
carbohydrate content.</p>
<p>• Lettuce is great for dieters because it is very low in
calories.</p>
<p>• The high content of magnesium in the juice has exceptional power
to vitalise the muscular tissues, the nerves and the brain.</p>
<p>• Lettuce contains considerable amount of iron and supplies a good
form of vegetable haemoglobin. Iron must be replenished frequently to
meet the demands of the body.</p>
<p>• Lettuce aids digestion and is associated with better liver
health.</p>
<p>• Lettuce has a good content of dietary fiber, it is good for those
suffering from constipation and it does help digestion.</p>
<p>• Romaine or cos lettuce is a great source of vitamin A- beta
carotene,vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, manganese, and chromium. It is
also a very good source of dietary fiber, 6 vitamins and minerals.</p>
<p>• Romaine lettuce has six times as much vitamin C , eight times as
muchvitamin A, and three times as much calcium as iceberg lettuce.</p>
<p>• Lettuce in general is a good source of vitamin K and
chlorophyll.</p>
<p>• Magnesium in lettuce is able to vitalize the muscular tissues, the
brain and the nerves.</p>
<p>• As a general rule, the darker green the leaves, the more
nutritiousthe lettuce is. So you may want to choose romaine lettuce over
iceberg as it is greener and a lot more nutritious.</p>
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