Iceberg or Romaine lettuce, is one better than the other.....

@bjc66bjc (6746)
United States
February 5, 2012 11:57am CST
Hi mylotters, I am not looking for free medical advice just your knowledge or opinions. I was wondering is one better than the other because my daughter was told that iceberg lettuce was not good for us because it contains more water...which did not make sense to me...If water is good for us then whats the problem....can we eat to much lettuce. I like iceberg lettuce better in regular salads and I like romaine in ceasar salads...I don't like the stalky part in either.. I read that the greener the leafy part is the better it is for us, in any lettuce..But I could not find anything about it not being so good for us..I did see that they both were the same in calories, but romaine was higher in ALL other nutrients than the iceberg.. What do you think, have you ever heard that about iceberg lettuce having to much water?..is one better than the other?...and whats your preference???
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• United States
5 Feb 12
Athough I lime iceberg lettuce, there is NO nutrition in it. There is no food value to it. When I want a salad I want something that has nutrition in it. I use spinach leaves, endive and romaine lettuce.
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• United States
5 Feb 12
You are correct PQ, romaine and spinach makes a much healthier salad.
@bjc66bjc (6746)
• United States
5 Feb 12
Nutritional Values for Iceberg and Romaine Lettuce One cup of iceberg lettuce: •8 calories...0.5 gram protein•0.7 gram fiber•10 mg calcium •78 mg potassium•1.5 mg vitamin C•16 mcg folate..13.3 mcg of vitamin K •164 mcg beta carotene•152 mcg of lutein + zeaxanthin One cup of romaine lettuce has: •8 calories•0.58 gram protein•1 gram fiber•16 mg calcium.116 mg potassium •11.3 mg vitamin C.64 mcg folate •48.2 mcg vitamin K •1637 mcg beta carotene.1087 mcg of lutein + zeaxanthin. Iceberg dosen't have as much nutrients as romaine but I did state that fact in my orginal post...
@GardenGerty (75983)
• Marion, Kansas
5 Feb 12
I like mixed spring greens which are all shades of purple and dark and light green. You have already done your research, there is more nutrition in darker lettuces. There is nothing wrong with ice berg lettuce, just mix it up occasionally. The fact that it has water in it will not hurt, but will help you stay hydrated
@bjc66bjc (6746)
• United States
5 Feb 12
thanks gerty, I like mixed spring greens also, I even find that they are even taste better witht the mixes greens,but I was really concerned about the iceberg and romaine lettuce.. I was really concern with the fact of it not being good for us... Thanks for responding...
@maezee (18165)
• United States
5 Feb 12
I would imagine both are good for you, as they are practically zero calories per cup (I think it's 15 calories for regular, iceberg lettuce per cup) and obviously no fat or anything that's bad for you... But I feel like darker green vegetables are better for you. Unfortunately I don't know if that's actually true or not - and I can't remember where I heard that from. . I guess I'm not much help.
@bjc66bjc (6746)
• United States
5 Feb 12
hi maezee, your opinon is your opinon. It is always accepted weather others agree with them or not as far as I am concern... if you re-read the post I did state the research did say the greener the leaf the better it is for you,maybe thats where you hear it.... It also stated that there is 8 calories per cup of each lettuce...either/or they are both good lettuce... thanks for responding
@carmelanirel (21113)
• United States
5 Feb 12
Like PQ said, romaine is much healthier and one way to determine is, the darker green the lettuce is, the better.