Lettuce is the common name for a number of related plants that grow in “heads”.

Varieties of lettuce include iceberg, romaine, red leaf, and butterhead. Because their growing seasons peak at different times of year, there’s always a plenitude of this salad staple.

All lettuce varieties are low in calories and most provide beta carotene, vitamin C and folate. Choose darker lettuce leaves to reap the most antioxidants.

HEALING TIP: Because lettuce is on the Environmental Working Group’s list of the most chemically contaminated foods – the Dirty Dozen – be sure to always pick organic. 

Antioxidant Score* (ORAC)=1,423, 963, 438 and 2,380

*Butterhead lettuce (1,423), Romaine lettuce (963), Iceberg lettuce (438) and Red leaf lettuce (2,380)

Selecting and Storing Lettuce

Choose crisp headsd of lettuce that are free of blemishes. Refrigerate washed-and-dried greens airtight in a plastic bag for 3 to 5 days.

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Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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