The crunchy taste of lettuce apart from the taste adds a whole lot of value to your meals. This wonder leafy vegetable resembling a cabbage has immense health benefits.
Here are some interesting facts about lettuce which everybody should be aware of :
This green leafy vegetable first originated in Egypt. Earlier it was just known as a weed and its’ seeds were used for extracting oil. However the Egyptians recognised the health benefits of this leafy vegetable and very soon began cultivating it. This nutritious vegetable then became popular with the Greeks, the Roman and the rest of the world.
This vegetable is loaded with nutrients and is a natural source of fibre, vitamins and minerals. The vitamins present range from Vitamin A, C, K, Vitamin B6 to Foliate, potassium , iron and manganese. It is a wholesome food which does not need over cooking otherwise it will lose its nutritional property. It is popularly eaten raw. It is a wholesome food.
The iceberg lettuce is very popular all over the world and is very nutritional too.
The lettuce has sleep inducing properties. The component called lactucarium is a milky fluid that has properties of a sedative as well as an analgesic. An overdose of lettuce should be avoided as you will feel sleepy almost immediately.
It is loaded with antioxidants like beta- carotene and lutein and has cancer fighting properties. The antioxidants prevent the formation and growth of cancer cells. It also helps in boosting immunity.
However, it must be noted that lettuce itself is by no means a prescription for any cures, just keep in mind that eating lettuce is very beneficial. Combined with a proper diet including lettuce and some form of regular exercise will ensure that you are on the right track of leading a healthy lifestyle!