Four Common Types of Lettuce

Do you know the nutrition in the lettuce you eat?

How many types of lettuce do you often eat? Do you prefer one over others? Do you know what kind of vitamins each type of lettuce gives? Here are four common types of lettuce that we consume regularly. Lettuce comes packed with macro-nutrients such as water, fiber, protein, sugar, carbohydrate; and micro-nutrients such as calcium, iron, magnesium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus; and phyto-nutrients such as beta-carotene, beta cryptoxanthin, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin.

Leaf Lettuce

The leaf lettuce comes in many colors, from emerald green to dark maroon. Textures range from rounded edges to frills and ruffles. One and a-half cup of this chopped up red leaf lettuce gives you 40% of vitamin A, 6% of vitamin C, 4% of calcium, and 1 gram of protein.

Romaine Lettuce

This lettuce is pack with nutrients. The romaine lettuce is high in vitamin A, vitamin C, and beta-carotene which make it a heart-healthy green. The vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and fiber found in romaine lettuce are good for many common health problems. Two cups of this shredded lettuce give you 55% of vitamin A, 19% of vitamin C, 2% of iron, and 1 gram of protein.

Butter-head lettuce

This lettuce is a good source of vitamins, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron. One cup of this shredded lettuce has 36% of vitamin A, 3% of vitamin C, 2% of calcium, 4% of iron. Boston lettuce makes an excellent substitute for this butter-head lettuce also.

Crisp-head or green ice lettuce

The iceberg head lettuce is the most common lettuce in the U.S. They grow mostly in California and Arizona since they need warmer weather. Iceberg lettuce doesn’t have many nutrients.

Romaine and leaf lettuce offer more vitamin A and C than iceberg. Romaine and butter head lettuce also have folate, which help prevent birth defect, and decrease heart disease.

Most of us eat salad every day, and these four types of lettuce are our regular choices. Make a habit in buying romaine, leaf, and butter head lettuce next time you go shopping.

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  1. I like this article, good info. My sister grows lettuce in
    her backyard garden, I’m envious :)

  2. My sister grows lettuce and scads of other vegtables. We all love our lettuce.good info here.

  3. It would be nice if we can grow our own lettuce.

    Thank you, Francie.

    Thank you Ruby.

    Thank you beautyHighlite.

  4. That was interesting! I had a buttercrunch lettuce sprout and grow from nowhere this year!

  5. The topic is great!

  6. This helped me do research for school. I really apprecciate this wonderful information. Thank you very much!

  7. This helped me do research for school. I really apprecciate this wonderful information. Thank you very much! :)

  8. hi guys make this a cht room

  9. Hi: My husband and I grow tomatoes and cucumbers every year. This year we decided to try growing lettuce for the first time. We planted 11. It was doing quite well for awhile but then we got hit with very hot weather, that lasted about a week. Our lettuce plants started to turn bad, and wasps seemed to like them, way to much. We watered them every morning and again in the evening. Today we decided to salvage what we could out of the 11 we planted. We managed to get about 5 that weren’t in to bad a condition. They taste great. Not sure if we will grow lettuce again, it was mostly an experiment to see how they would turn out, but if we do decide to try again, we might have to plant them somewhere else as the spot we used this year was in a very sunny spot and I read that they need partial shade.

  10. Hi Lynn Clark,

    I’m sorry to hear about your lettuce adventure! On a cheery note, you still salvage 5, that’s still better than my cucumbers! They didn’t even have a chance to grow since the squirrels eat faster than they can grow :-(

  11. So is red leaf a type of romaine lettuce?

    According to Nutrition Action*, the romaine has more vitamin c, potassium, and fiber compared to red-leaf.. are they that different?

  12. this is interesting

  13. I love lettuce in salads and in burgers. Interesting to know that there are types of these. Thanks BC xx

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