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Published on 10/27/2021 additional information available

We’ve all heard of and probably tasted iceberg lettuce.


We’ve all heard of and probably tasted iceberg lettuce. It’s a go-to for a cheap and easy salad, but did you know it doesn’t have much in the way of nutrients for your body? That’s right! According to Eat This, Not That!, iceberg lettuce is mostly water, making it not great for eating regularly. Iceberg lettuce is best used on the occasional juicy cheeseburger for needed crunch rather than an everyday salad you’re eating to stay healthy. Since iceberg lettuce doesn’t offer many nutrients, it isn’t the best choice for greens. Instead, use something with a little more substance, like leaf lettuce or spinach, for the nutritional boost your body needs.
Lettuce Info gives us an in-depth look at this watery type of lettuce. It does provide some nutrients, such as; vitamin K and folate, but there are plenty of other options available for that salad. Instead of choosing “The Wedge” salad at a restaurant, go for something with a little more substance to get the most nutrients for your body. Salads such as romaine offer that wonderful crunch enjoyed by salad lovers and has better health benefits. Iceberg lettuce is often a go-to choice because it’s cheap, but that doesn’t mean it’s the healthiest choice available.


Well-known for its peppery taste, arugula is relatively common to those who enjoy greens. Did you know, however, that arugula doesn’t offer much in the way of nutrients? Nutrition Value teaches us that arugula provides a small amount of potassium, calcium, and iron but not enough to make a salad of just arugula worthwhile. Try pairing it with fruits and vegetables to create a more substantial meal. Arugula tastes excellent on everything from pizza to a mixed green salad, so try some combinations and find one you like! You never know what combination will be best unless you try it. 

Did you know arugula is not lettuce? According to Lettuce Info, arugula is from the brassica family and closely resembles mustard greens in their structure. That’s where it gets its peppery taste! If you enjoy arugula, you could try other options from the brassica family, like mustard greens, wild cabbage, collard greens, and even broccoli. Adding these greens to your salad will give you more variety in your diet and provide a richer density of nutrients. It’s incredible just how many greens there are in the world! If you’re in a pinch to find something to pair with your arugula salad, try adding chopped almonds, a squeeze of lemon, or even a bit of fresh basil to kick it up a notch!

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