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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Does Lettuce Really Count?

I was ripping a head of lettuce out of a bag this evening, getting ready to chop it up for a steak fajita salad, when I noticed the "five a day" label on the bag. Does lettuce really count as a vegetable??? Are there nutrients I'm not aware of hiding between the leaves???

According to Dole: "Iceberg lettuce doesn't offer much nutritionally." Darn it. So why do they get to put that label on the bag???



  • Wait -- I thought the darker the lettuce the more nutrionally valuable it is. Iceberg is like pure water, but I thought darker lettuce like say romaine offers at least some fiber to our diets. At least you can pretend salad is like eating nothing at all!!

    By Blogger Erin, at March 22, 2007 9:23 AM  

  • You're absolutely right. The darker leaves do provide more nutrients like vitamin A. But guess who won't eat the darker and "baby" varieties in our house... hehe

    By Blogger Summer, at March 22, 2007 9:51 AM  

  • Give the guy some credit! You have posted pictures of stuff he wouldn't have dreamed of trying several moons ago! You have really added some "spice" to his life! :)

    Cole- try it... you'll like it!

    By Blogger Christy, at March 22, 2007 10:34 PM  

  • From what I recall, lettuce is one of those foods that takes more calories to burn off then it yields.

    That said, they put nutritional info on bottles of the fact that it's on the lettuce package is not too shocking.

    By Blogger Michael, at March 28, 2007 9:22 AM  

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