Friday, June 17, 2005

Is it true that iceberg lettuce is completely devoid of nutrition?

Fridays Healthy Tip:

It's not devoid of nutrition, just a less concentrated source of nutrients than the darker green leaf lettuces, spinach and other dark leafy greens. Lighter colors in vegetables mean they contain more water and therefore fewer nutrients "per cubic inch." Here's a comparison of one cup of iceberg and one cup of romaine lettuce:

Iceberg lettuce -- 11mg calcium, 11mg phosphorous, .3mg iron, 88mg potassium, 19RE vitamin A, 2mg vitamin C.

Romaine lettuce -- 20mg calcium, 25mg phosphorous, .6mg iron, 162mg potassium, 146RE vitamin A, 13mg vitamin C. Both have 7 calories, 1g protein, 1g carbohydrate, 1g fiber.

Iceberg lettuce is a perfectly good food, but darker lettuces are even better.

This healthy tip obtained from: Dr. Diana Mirkin. Check out her website at:


At 5:35 PM, Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Thanks for stopping by with some kindness!

At 5:41 PM, Blogger Oh great One said...

I like to mix iceberg lettuce with spinich. It looks prettier and you get the added nutrition from the spinich.

At 6:35 PM, Blogger janie q said...

i love spinach but my favorite lettuce is leaf lettuce

At 6:36 PM, Blogger Christopher said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hey can you use something other than white flour for a master mix? Thanks for clearing up the Ice berg lettuce mystery.

Take care chris

At 6:51 PM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

farmer chris, You can use 1/2 whole wheat if you like. Just remember that you will need to use it up quicker with the whole wheat.
One tip: If you want to use 1/4 cup barley flour to each cup of white or wheat flour it will give your biscuits a lift. Barley makes the dough lighter and is good in anything you want to rise.

Chris, I have a recipe for Whole-wheat Hot roll mix. From it you can get: Bagels, Bread Basket Stew, Football Hero Bun, French Bread, Giant Braided Loaf, Hamburger Buns, Whole-Wheat Parker House rolls, Pocket Bread, Swedish Rye Bread, Thin Wheat Crackers, and Whole-wheat Cinammon rolls. Email me if you would like the recipe and I will send it to you.
Thanks for stopping by.

At 7:40 AM, Blogger Beth said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, Lucy. I appreciate it. I'm not an iceberg fan at all. Baby spinach is lovely, however. =)

At 11:54 AM, Blogger puremood said...

Hmm, I love iceburg for summer salads we fx when grillin' out..... I don't mind darker lettuce but sometimes think they taste to "leafy" LOL

At 9:54 PM, Blogger Robert said...

This post puts my mind at ease somewhat. I’ve been rather hooked on iceberg salads for lunch lately. I like them because they are filling, yet light. This keeps me from becoming too drowsy, which increases my productivity. I am a capitalist after all.

At 10:19 PM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Robert, What makes you tired are the carbs. Salad usually have very little carbs so you will have more energy. Add a little spinach or romaine lettuce and you will get more nutrition. Good for the kids too.


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