Seven benefits of lettuce
The lettuce was served on the tables of Persian kings in the 6th century B.C. The ancient Greeks and Romans considered it a food and drug (for sleeping), and the ancient Chinese believed it brought good luck and ate it on special occasions. Here are the benefits you can expect when eating lettuce.
- Green salad is low in calories, only 12 in one cup, and contains almost no fat. Therefore, lettuce is recommended for people who want to lose weight.
- It contains fiber and cellulose, which will fill you up and improve digestion. Beneficial to digestion, lettuce helps to get rid of excess weight and to maintain a normal weight. Fiber also helps in removing the salt of bile acid from the body. The body compensates these salts and breaks down cholesterol.
- Lettuce is good for the heart and because it contains vitamin C and beta-carotene, it prevents oxidation of cholesterol, which in turn prevents the formation of plaque in the arteries.
- One fifth of the calories found in lettuce comes from protein. The protein content can be increased by combining with other medicinal protein, such as legumes.
- Green salad contains lactucarium (a white liquid that is visible in the stems of the lettuce). This substance has properties similar to opium, only without strong side effects. Because lettuce is good for relaxation and good sleep, people suffering from insomnia should eat a few leaves of lettuce or squeeze and drink juice from lettuce, before going to bed.
- Minerals found in lettuce help to cleanse the body of toxic matter and maintain the balance of acids and bases. This means you have more energy, think more clearly, sleep better and have smooth skin.
- The green salad has a low glycemic index and is recommended for diabetics.
Roman lettuce has the most nutrients of all kinds of lettuce, while iceberg has the least. The Roman lettuce has twice as much protein and calcium, three times more vitamin K, four times more iron, eight times more vitamin C and 17 times more vitamin A than that of iceberg lettuce (U.S. Department of Agriculture).