Lettuce benefits

Nutritional properties of lettuce


Photo of lettuce

What are lettuces?

Lettuce (Lactuca sativa ) is a vegetable.

It consists of a long or rounded leaves depending on the variety.

Its color varies from yellow or almost white to deep green or even bluish or brown.

They have a mild flavor, but sometimes it’s a little bitter.

What are the lettuce main nutrients? Lettuce composition

Lettuce composition
Lettuce composition

As an energy source, 100 grams of lettuce provide 13 kilocalories.

Their proportion of nutrients are divided into:

Main minerals of lettuce

Lettuce is a vegetable rich in potassium and calcium.

Vitamins of lettuce

Lettuce is rich in vitamin A and vitamin C.

Nutritional characteristics of lettuce

Types of lettuce
Different types of lettuce (endive, above, oak leaf, below)
  • Lettuce has a very high water content.

  • It gives us very little energy.

  • It contains little fat, but of high quality and with many health benefits.

  • It has a low protein content.

  • It is low in carbohydrates, especially starches.

  • It has a high fiber content.

  • It helps to remove toxins from our body, because it contains potassium.

  • Because of its calcium content, it maintains the balance of the formation of strong bones.

  • It protects the skin and helps keep it healthy, because of vitamin A.

  • It protects us from colds and helps heal wounds, because it contains vitamin C.

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A drawing of lettuce (More food drawings)

Lettuce in the kitchen:

Some recipes.

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

22 April, 2019

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