Posted by Dana Rockwell
Romaine vs Iceberg: Does the Type of Lettuce you eat matter?
|"Self delusion is pulling in your stomach when you step on the scales."- Paul Sweeney |
Does the type of Lettuce you eat matter?
I love salad. The problem is, I also love dressing. While I have been extremely careful of reading labels and only using the suggested serving size, too much salad dressing defeats the purpose of a salad. This leads to the question what is the purpose of a salad and what type of lettuce does one use?
Both questions have the same answer - it depends upon the reason why you are eating the salad. I've always enjoyed salad maybe once or twice a week as a side and occasionally as my lunch. Problem is if I grabbed a salad at a salad bar or restaurant, at times I would stack on unhealthy items such as, croutons, olives, the macaroni salads, the cold-cuts, cheese, and the dressing. My new purpose for eating salad is to remain healthy an fit. Therefore, I pick items such as tomato, grilled chicken, tuna without mayo, onions, peppers, nuts, dried cranberries, cucumbers - be creative add in your favorite healthy veggies - like raw broccoli or carrots. No dressing - oil and vinegar is key. I personally just use red-wine vinegar and top it with Italian seasoning (oregano, parsley, basil). Delicious and healthy!
I almost forgot the purpose of this entry - does the type of lettuce matter? My answer, again is that depends. If you are eating to be fit and healthy then I would choose Romaine lettuce over Iceberg. Calorie wise they are very similar - nutrition wise Romaine contains more vitamins and anti-oxidants. So don't freak out if the store has Iceberg on sale, you can use it. I know, before writing this, I had embedded in my head that Iceberg was forbidden. While Romaine is healthier - vitamin wise, Iceberg is not forbidden. I think it is more important to concentrate on what you are putting in your salad or how you are dressing your salad.
Reference: Livestrong Article