Increase Your Daily Veggie Intake with Lettuce

Pick colorful varieties for the best nutritional benefit
Lettuce at the farmer's market

By: Laura Jeffers, MEd, RD, LD

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You might think that lettuce is not worth bothering with nutritionally.  But incorporating lettuce into your meals can be a great way to add nutrients and water to your diet.

Furthermore, the fiber in lettuce helps to fill you up, and it does so at just 20 calories per serving.

Crisp, crunchy lettuce also can be an easy way to get in the recommended five servings of fruit and vegetables every day. One cup of raw salad greens, such as hearts of romaine or bibb lettuce, counts as a serving of vegetables.

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Lettuces that are dark green and reddish in color are the most nutritious and the most flavorful.  But even the popular, pale iceberg lettuce provides water, fiber, folate, and small amounts of other important vitamins and minerals like zinc and potassium.

In this video, registered dietitian Laura Jeffers, MEd, RD, LD, talks about the nutritional benefits of lettuce and how you can best enjoy it.

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