Food of the Week – Butter Lettuce

  • A 1-cup serving of cut-up butter lettuce contains only 21 calories per serving.
  • Butter lettuce has less than half a gram of fat, 3.63 grams of carbohydrate, 0.74 grams of protein, 1.53 grams of sugars, and only 8 milligrams of sodium.
  • A 1-cup serving of cut butter lettuce contains 91 micrograms of vitamin A per serving! As an antioxidant, vitamin A helps your body protect itself from damage from environmental toxins as well as free radicals.
  • A 1-cup serving of chopped butter lettuce contains 33 milligrams of phosphorus per serving. Phosphorus is used primarily to produce and maintain healthy bones and teeth. It also helps your body make use of carbohydrates and fats, as well as supporting your kidneys, enabling your muscles to contract, helping your heart beat normally and assisting with basic nerve function.

Fun Fact: The expression “rabbit food”, when referring to lettuce, was introduced during the 1930s.

 

 

 

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