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The Nutritional Facts of Iceberg Lettuce

Updated on December 10, 2016
Images are my own. Article copyright 03/22/2009.
Images are my own. Article copyright 03/22/2009.

Is Iceberg as Healthy as Other Salad Greens?

What is it about the nutritional facts of Iceberg lettuce that give this crispy crunchy lettuce such a bad rap in today's health conscientious society?

The production and distribution of Iceberg lettuce is dropping.

A century ago Iceberg lettuce was piled high on produce aisle shelves, and consumers just could not get enough of this crispy moist lettuce, yet today consumers are turning away from Iceberg lettuce and reaching for darker leaf vegetables instead.


History Of Iceberg Lettuce

A century ago there was a very distinct reason why Iceberg lettuce was so popular. Consumers did not have much choice in the lettuces or other nutritious leafy vegetables available to them.

Unless you grew your own vegetables or lived close to a farm your food choices were limited to those products which your local supermarket carried.

Without modern refrigeration methods, transportation of vegetables from the farm to the city was difficult, and only the hardiest of lettuce could be safely shipped. This hardy lettuce was Iceberg lettuce.

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Trains were used to ship lettuce to it's destination.

A century ago Iceberg lettuce was the lettuce of choice for shipping because it could be packed in ice and yet remain fresh and crisp until it arrived at it's destination.

Produce was shipped to its destination from California by train. Iceberg lettuce was able to travel from California, and onto grocery store shelves in great condition, while other lettuces and leafy vegetables would not have survived this method of shipping.

Iceberg lettuce acquired its name from the method by which it was shipped. This crispy pale colored lettuce was packed in ice for shipping and thus wise acquired the name Iceberg lettuce.

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The nutritional facts on Iceberg Lettuce.

Iceberg lettuce is a green leafy vegetable which has zero fat, zero cholesterol, and only 15 calories per serving.

Per average serving Iceberg lettuce contains two percent of our daily Iron requirement, six percent of our vitamin C requirement, four percent of our daily requirement of vitamin A, two percent of our daily calcium requirement, and one gram of protein.

To meet the changing needs of consumers, farmers are reducing their production of Iceberg lettuce, and increasing their Romaine lettuce, Spinach, Swiss Chard, and other red and dark green leaf vegetable crops. So why the big switch away from Iceberg lettuce?

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Iceberg lettuce is just not as nutritious as other leafy vegetables.

People are switching their lettuce choices because other dark green leafy vegetables have more vitamins and minerals per serving than Iceberg lettuce has to offer.

Now that consumers have a choice they are choosing nutrition over texture, and purchasing more Spinach, Chard, Romaine lettuce, as well as other dark red leaf and green leaf vegetables, in place of Iceberg lettuce.

Iceberg does also have its own special attributes when it comes to lettuce and it is the crisp snap when you bite into Iceberg lettuce which just cannot be replicated by other leafy vegetables. In giving up Iceberg lettuce consumers are also giving up the wonderful crisp snappy texture experience which only this salad green seems capable of offering.

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Despite the fact that obesity rates are at an all time high, society as a whole is taking a strange new healthier view on the foods that they consume, and making healthier food choices to offset their not so healthy food choices.

So does it make sense that people are switching from Iceberg lettuce to more nutritious leafy vegetables when they are still chowing down on greasy fast food take-out? Apparently it does.

There is the added benefit of knowing that by choosing highly nutritious ingredients in your salads you can feel a little less guilty about consuming your other not so healthy foods. Consumers are more than happy to add a few more health benefits in one area of their diet to be able to relax a little in another.

Fortunately salads are never made from just one vegetable, and adding Iceberg lettuce into the mix, will give a crisp texture to your salad that only Iceberg lettuce can give it.

The moist crispness of an iceberg lettuce salad is a pure delight to serve for backyard picnics in the summer. In the fall and winter an iceberg lettuce salad adds a touch of class to the dining room table that just cannot be replicated by other side dishes.

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Do you add Iceberg lettuce into your green salads?

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      I must admit, I always wondered where iceberg lettuce got its name. Nice to know! 5*, very nice lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Well, it's not exactly green is it? Sort of a faded green at best. We want our greens to be truly green, like spinach. Iceberg has acquired a reputation as the "boring" lettuce. Nonetheless, salad aficionado never gave up on iceberg, as far as I know. It's great in bite-sized chunks. When you let a salad marinate, the iceberg chunks absorb the best flavors of the dressing.

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      Okay, I have traded in my iceberg lettuce for Romain Hearts. I think that many people have their minds set in a more healthier direction-The greener the letter the better, the darker the grape the better-

      As far as taste goes, some of the green lettuce has a bitter taste (to me), whereas iceberg has that middle tone taste. Add a little pepper some salad dressing on iceberg and you are set to go. Hmm..I think I better get iceberg next time I am at the store, change is good. Thanks for adding this lens to the Kitchen!

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Interesting lens. As I was reading it, I began thinking that must be how iceberg lettuce got its name, and then you said it was. Lensrolled to EggNutrition.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You always provide such sound information. I agree that a really crisp salad requires iceberg lettuce, there really isn't a substitute for what it does. I just wish it wasn't so dang expensive! I do tend to go for the higher nutrition choices for the dollar. A BLT still has to have iceberg for sure.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: I love the snap of iceberg lettuce and just cannot imagine a salad without it.

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      CCGAL 6 years ago

      Although I try to eat other greens, a salad without iceberg lettuce just isn't crispy enough to satisfy me. Long Live Iceberg Lettuce!!!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @CCGAL: Yes, I feel the same. I love iceberg lettuce :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @tandemonimom lm: I was surprised on the history associated with iceberg lettuce too. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      In almost every salad that I make and grew up with used Iceberg Lettuce, that something that is just in me. But I am still versite and very willing to try new things, there's nothing like holding onto your roots!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh yes, a BLT is Not the Same!! By the way, thanks for making me hungry; now I want a BLT!! :)

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      lilymom24 6 years ago

      I LOVE iceber lettuce and add it to my salads and sandwiches often. I do eat other lettuce from time to time but they really don't have the same "crunch".

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      WateredGardenCreations 6 years ago

      I've always preferred iceberg lettuce, as does my family. Because of that, it's all we've ever bought. But I was always feeling like we were missing something, thinking it had no nutritional value. It's nice to read that it does have some.

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      Terry Boroff (flipflopnana) 6 years ago from FL

      Nope, not a big iceberg lettuce fan. The crispness is nice and I do like it on sandwiches, but I think it falls flat on flavor in a salad. I much prefer the darker lettuce varieties.

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      RuthCoffee 6 years ago

      I like the darker green lettuce options, but you're right there's nothing that has the same crispness as iceberg lettuce.

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      Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I always make my salads with the new greens, but add romaine and a bit of iceberg. I have to have the crispy stuff. My salads are called "mean". Like your information.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is great info as my husband misses the crisp taste of iceberg lettuce that one time we paid $16 for one small crappy iceberg in Maldives just to have that taste. Good to know it has more value than that. I have two right now in my fridge and it is cheap here in Cambodia. Thanks for this valuable info.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is great info as my husband misses the crisp taste of iceberg lettuce that one time we paid $16 for one small crappy iceberg in Maldives just to have that taste. Good to know it has more value than that. I have two right now in my fridge and it is cheap here in Cambodia. Thanks for this valuable info.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You're right, nothing replaces the crispness of iceberg lettuce in a salad. Also I find it's less bitter than a lot of salad greens. Great information here. Thanks for sharing this. Looking forward to reading more of your lenses.

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      Andy 6 years ago from London, England

      Very interesting. I haven't bought Iceberg for a while. I am usually seduced by more exotic sounding varieties, which are nice, but just not as crunchy.

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      howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      I thought I know everything about veggies, and I found here more neresting facts about lettuce.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @howtocurecancer: I know it is amazing what we discover while scooting around Squidoo. There are so many varieties of lettuce but I have always enjoyed iceberg lettuce so it seemed a good topic to research :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @Andy-Po: Lol...I must be a texture type person because it is the crunch that I love in iceberg lettuce. (my junk food choices too as I will actually find myself craving crunchy lol). Thank you so much for popping by.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @aesta1: Wow 16. for a head of iceberg lettuce is insane. I cannot imagine paying that type of price for a salad. I think I would invest in a window box and grow my own lettuce for salad fixings.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @paperfacets: Thank you for stopping by paper facets. We both seem to like the crispy texture of iceberg lettuce. It is addictive isn't it?

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @RuthCoffee: Yes I love the crispy texture of iceberg lettuce. Taste wise a few of the darker lettuces seduce me a little but I just cannot do a complete salad without iceberg lettuce to top it off.

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      kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

      If you ask any dialysis patient, they'll tell you that iceberg lettuce is the best for anyone on a Renal Diet. The reason for this is because it doesn't have all the extra nutrients that the darker leafs have. Someone struggling with their kidneys has a hard time filtering out the good from the bad (or simply extra), so iceberg is the way to go.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      yes i do I just love my lettuce and i enjoyed your piece on it

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      ColorPetGifts 5 years ago

      You make boring ol' iceberg lettuce look fabulous - lovely lens, many thanks -:)

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I love a wedge of iceberg lettuce with balsamic vinegar and a drop of olive oil. Great lens.

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      Blessed by a squid angel ;) Have a wonderful week!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @choosehappy: Thank you so much for such a wonderful compliment on my lettuce article. You made my day.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @gottaloveit2: I made a huge salad last night. The had gigantic heads of iceberg lettuce on sale this week for 99 cents per head and they are beautiful. My husband went wild on the salad lol.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @ColorPetGifts: Lol...iceberg lettuce is fabulous ;)

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @kerbev: Wow I did not know that about iceberg lettuce. Thank you so much for that tip Kab.

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      Kathy McGraw 5 years ago from California

      Interesting...I read the title and since I am one that has switched to roamine lettuce I wanted to know the facts about iceberg lettuce. You gave me enough info that I can happily serve iceberg instead. You are right, the others just don't taste the same....I like that crunch :)

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      GabrielaFargasch 5 years ago

      I love my veggies and I always try to eat healthy, but for whatever reason I was never able to actually 'like' iceberg lettuce.... I prefer rucula... :)

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      wutz4tea 5 years ago

      Yes! No reason to leave it out entirely. I sometimes eat it as a snack, as one might eat potato chips...way better! It is also a sturdy scoop for your tabouli! I could never just forget about the iceberg. It has many practical uses.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Iceberg lettuce is my favorite and I love this.. AND the entire lens is my favorite color (chartreuse!!!)... :) Blessed!

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      Iceberg lettuce is the best for certain salads. I like that crispy sound!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @LouisaDembul: I also love the crisp snap of iceberg lettuce in a salad and cannot imagine not having it in my salads.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @miaponzo: Thank you so much for stopping by. It is fun to see that you and I are both fans of Iceberg lettuce. There really is no other green leafy vegetable quite like crispy crunchy iceberg lettuce. Love it!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @wutz4tea: I had never thought of munching on iceberg lettuce as a snack food but it does make sense how it would satisfy the craving. We often crave the texture of a certain food and iceberg lettuce is crunchy alike many of our popular snack foods. Very interesting.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @GabrielaFargasch: And I do so love my iceberg lettuce :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @KathyMcGraw2: I find that the best salads combine both a dark green leafy vegetable and the delightful crisp iceberg lettuce. Kind of gives us the best of both sides of the story in a salad.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @choosehappy: U2. Hope you enjoyed your visit to my iceberg lettuce article and thank you so much for stopping by.

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      Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

      i love the crunchy clean taste of iceberg, It is my favorite!

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Only when I'm cooking for a crowd. I love the crunch and taste of iceberg lettuce, mixed with spring greens, spinach, radishes and onions. Well, actually, mixed with almost anything, but I rarely buy it these days for the very reasons you state. I'm always looking for the biggest nutritional wallop I can get, along with taste and texture.

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      nephthys lm 5 years ago

      I never have any salad without it!!!!!

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      You have done it again, Fantastic information on this produce. Grew some Iceberg's this year and they were delicious straight from the garden. There is nothing like their flavour to enhance a salad. Are you sure that cavemen stole eggs from dinosaurs? *Blessed* and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012. Hugs

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I remember my first visit here and being amazed with learning about iceberg lettuce, I thought I knew about it...and returning with some fresh angel dust to sprinkle on those salads....there is something about that special crunch and taste you can't get with anything else.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 5 years ago

      Lettuce has protein? I am bowled over

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      RCGraphicsDesign 5 years ago

      I l0ove all kinds of lettuce - in fact every night. Thanks for a great lens. I love Squidoo.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @RCGraphicsDesign: I am partial to the crisp texture of iceberg lettuce. I eat the darker leaf vegetables but really do prefer the crisp iceberg.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @MargoPArrowsmith: Many vegetables contain protein. Problem is that it is just in small amounts in most of them. But chow down on enough iceberg lettuce and you will get a little protein into your body ;)

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      viscri8 5 years ago

      I am still eating Iceberg lettuce -- keep it in the mix. Salads are indeed a precious supplier of vitamins of our daily necessary dietary intake. This lens is just reminding me to add more of the other greenery.

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      viscri8 5 years ago

      Bless the salads, the writer of this article and all the readers of it -- also the salad consumers into the mix!

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      Luckily, I love green and red leaf lettuce, romaine, and (my favorite!) spinach. I do toss in a little iceberg for crunch now and then, though. Lettuce is such a crisp treat on a hot day, and so easy and fast to grow in the garden... a plus when you're lazy like I am ;)

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      Oh yes, love having romaine and iceberg lettuce especially.

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      TravelingRae 5 years ago

      I prefer Romaine; it just has more flavour. The hearts give me that satisfying crunch while the leaves are nutritious.

      What I am finding amazing is that iceberg wedges are back in style at fancy restaurants: quarter an iceberg lettuce and drizzle it with a dressing. I've seen them at a number of restaurants for $5 or more. Crazy!

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      Demaw 5 years ago

      I still use iceberg lettuce. Like you stated, a salad is made from more than one type of vegetable.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @Demaw: I believe a salad tastes so much better when you use a couple different types of lettuce. I like the crispness of iceberg lettuce but the health benefits of darker lettuce leaf is definitely obvious.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @TravelingRae: I have always thrown out my lettuce hearts and never thought of consuming them. This is something that I am going to have to do on my next lettuce head purchase. Thank you for that tip.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love salads with Iceberg lettuce. Thinking I need to put some of that healthy vegetable on my grocery list. - I just posted this to FaceBook in hopes other people will read your informative article. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Happy April Fools Day!

      Blessed by a lettuce lovin' Squidoo Angel

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I grew up with only Iceberg lettuce in my salads. Now I primarily make my daily salads with romaine, spinach, arugula, and other mixed greens. This was an interesting article. I appreciate your focus on nutrition.

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      jolou 5 years ago

      Yes, I like iceberg along with other leafy greens. I try to eat a salad every day.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Iceburg lettuce has gotten a bad wrap I think. I like a mix in my salad, but love crisp, cold iceberg lettuce all by itself.

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      Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I still love to eat iceberg lettuce over the other green salads. Even if it doesn't have much in nutrition.

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      Anthony Altorenna 4 years ago from Connecticut

      I like romaine lettuce for salads, but the fresh crisp snap of iceberg lettuce is perfect for sandwiched -- especially my personal favorite: the BLT

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      I adore Iceberg lettuce. A quarter head topped with Thousand Island dressing is sooooo good.

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      agoofyidea 4 years ago

      I grew up on iceberg lettuce. For a while I tried other lettuces, but now I eat iceberg. If I like it why do something different. Nice lens. I learned a lot about my favorite lettuce.

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      Cynthia Davis 4 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Realizing iceberg isn't as nutritious as other leafy vegetables I still enjoy it on occasion. My mom always used iceberg lettuce in her salads, so I grew up eating it. Thanks for sharing the actual nutritional value, I often wondered about it. Angel Blessings**

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      Not too often - I like romaine and spinach.

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      We use a variety of lettuces, including iceberg. For some things like tacos and burgers, iceberg can't be beat!

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      whats4dinner 4 years ago

      I occasionally add Iceberg lettuce in my salads. Thank you for sharing the information.

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      Diva2Mom 4 years ago

      I love Iceberg lettuce because of its crispness and texture. It's a must-have ingredient for me when making salads. I just add my favorite veggies to make it more nutritious and voila, a perfect salad! Informative lens! God bless you!

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      Mark Falco 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Yes, because it's the only lettuce I like. I know the others have more nutrients but honestly, it's not like lettuce is the only thing on my plate so I just ignore the naysayers. :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @sudokunut: Iceberg lettuce really is my favorite of the lettuces but my husband and I often do up a salad with both iceberg and a dark leaf lettuce combines simply to insure a rich blend of nutrients.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @Diva2Mom: My salads are also generally a combination of lettuces. When they are a single lettuce though I then use just iceberg lettuce. I like it's crisp texture.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @RuralFloridaLiving: I like my spinach mixed into a baked dish rather than within a salad.

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      KandDMarketing 4 years ago

      Nah, it's not worth the expense or effort, especially considering it's less than spectacular nutritional value.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @KandDMarketing: We eat a lot of iceberg lettuce here but that is largely because we love the crispy texture.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @jolou: Hi Joanne, I just thought you might like to know that your unusual surname has a southern France wine making chateau with your name on it. Very superior and rare wines, particularly fine rose. Probably impossible to find but worth seeking out. "Domaine Ott". Are you of French descent?

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      srsddn lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing and showcasing iceberg lettuce as green salad.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @srsddn lm: Iceberg lettuce is my favorite because of it's crisp snappy texture. We tend to add two types of lettuce to our salads - both light and dark green leaf so we still get a ton of nutrition.

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      pumpum 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens, very informative.Love it!

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I like a mixture of lettuce in salads.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm lazy and use bagged iceberg/carrot/red cabbage salad. Also, it's so common to be included in restaurant salads. I do not, however, like iceberg on my sandwiches -- I use green leaf lettuce for that.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love iceberg, I pair it with baby spinach, kidney or garbanzo beans, tomato green onion and a bit of feta or Parmesan. Delish!!

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      I seldom use iceberg lettuce since the nutritional value is so low. I prefer the darker greens that are higher in vitamin and mineral content.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I only eat Iceberg because of its crisp, ability to soak up dressings, and I can't stand the feeling of any other lettuce (feels like weeds) as i chew. When used in Salads Lettuce should be the blank canvas and your dressing and other ingredients are the paint. When used on a burger or other foods like sandwiches lettuce should give a crisp and contrast to the soft breading and juicy meat, other lettuce does not have it. As far as eating lettuce only for Nutritional value, I disagree and argue that you're missing the reason and the point of the lettuce itself.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: I personally love iceberg lettuce but statistically it's sales have reduced and this because people are switching to healthier green leafy vegetables. When I researched this article I was searching for why iceberg lettuce got it's name and then switched the theme of my article to add in iceberg lettuce's nutritional component as well.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: I love the crispness of iceberg lettuce but in today's health conscious world many people are switching to dark green leafy vegetables instead.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It's a good filler because purchasing salad greens can get expensive. It may not be high in nutrition but it's better for you than a burger

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      Brian Stephens 4 years ago from France

      I love Iceberg lettuce and I really don't know why it gets such a bad rap. Nothing wrong with it in my view, stores well, easy to slice a bit off when you just need a little and I really like the taste and texture. Guess you can deduct from this that I am a bit of fan. Great lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: wow I'm trying this - sounds delicious!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @sudokunut: Yeah!! Exactly what I was thinking - lettuce is good tasting and healthy and you con complete your nutritional intake with the rest of your meal; like you said, "....but honestly... ."!

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      I like iceberg because it's crispier than other lettuce

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I enjoy the texture of it, but I'm one of the people who has been using less and less of it now that I am more informed about nutrient density in other greens.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      My husband and I both enjoy eating Iceberg lettuce. I guess I never really gave a lot of consideration to the nutritional value of others by comparison when we simply like the taste of Iceberg :)

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      It's really my lettuce of preference, but I feel so guilty buying it now. Growing up, it was our mainstay, and i'm glad to see that it does have nutritional value.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @lesliesinclair: Iceberg lettuce has always been my favorite salad vegetable as well. I enjoy spinach cooked but not so much in a salad.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @Sylvestermouse: It is the crisp snappy texture of iceberg lettuce that I enjoy. Other leafy vegetables just don't give that nice crispness to the supper salad.

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      sheilamarie78 3 years ago

      I'm not a big iceberg fan. I prefer the fuller flavor of other varieties of lettuce. Salad sure is a welcome part of a meal, however.

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      Gloria Freeman 3 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I don't use iceberg lettuce all that much. I like other varieties of lettuce for my salad.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I like to add leafy greener types of lettuce to iceberg. I enjoy icebergs crunch and lighter flavor, it tames down some of the stronger flavors that some darker green lettuce can have.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Now that you mention it I also like how the flavor of other vegetables are mellowed by the addition of iceberg lettuce to the mix. I had not thought of that previously but you are right.

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      Mobley5 3 years ago

      Iceberg is probably my favourite lettuce for sandwiches because of the crunch. I always used mixed lettuce leaves for a salad.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @lesliesinclair: Why do you feel guilty? If you enjoy it eat it. Do what makes you happy :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @Mobley5: I love the texture of iceberg lettuce too. When I wrote this article it made me realize that I choose a lot of my favorite foods by their texture rather than their taste. Funny how we judge things lol.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @flinnie lm: A blend of lettuce is most likely the healthiest way to create a salad. I used to eat spinach raw in salads but now just eat it cooked.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @sheilamarie78: Salad is very refreshing in the summer months. My husband really eats a lot of those months.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I very rarely eat iceberg anymore. My first choice is Romaine followed by spring mix. I've really gotten to love arugula lately and add it to the spring mix or to a baby spinach salad mix.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Congrats on the Purple! Iceberg is my favorite, but I'm trying to eat less of it. I like to mix a bunch together. At least I add spinach to it (and most everything else). It's good to have the facts!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I hardly ever use iceberg because of how little nutrition it has although I do love the crunch it gives to sandwiches. My favorites are baby leaves and mizuna.

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      Tanya Jones 2 years ago from Texas USA

      I remember when I was in military that iceberg lettuce was all we could get when stationed overseas. That and many of the reasons you mention above have made it my least favorite of lettuces. I don't believe I see it much in the local stores either. It does provide a nice, background on which to display a more colorful salad arrangement. Great lens.

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      sybil watson 2 years ago

      I still love a wedge of crisp iceberg with Thousand Island dressing, although I eat other greens too. There's room for all the vegetables in our salad bowl.

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      happynutritionist 2 years ago

      Yes, though it was the favorite diet food back when and probably still is for many...I mean how much can you gain even if you eat a whole head of lettuce...since it has so little chlorophyll and green etc., it is less nutritious than other great things you have shared that also contain few calories but many nutrients.

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      ologsinquito2 2 years ago

      I love iceberg lettuce and I never believed it had little nutritional value. It's supposedly very good for our bones, according to an online health expert I follow.

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      Faye Rutledge 2 years ago from Concord VA

      We eat lots of salads, and I always use iceberg lettuce, mixed with romain or spinach. To me, a salad just isn't complete without iceberg! :)

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      Sara2901 2 years ago

      We have switched from iceberg to romaine hearts. I like the crisp texture and romaine seems to last longer than iceberg.

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      Niktravelfit 2 years ago

      Nice lens with great content, Thanks!

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      June Campbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Yes, I use iceberg lettuce as the base of all of my salads. I add other leafy greens to it -- spinach, broccoli and more. I don't see myself giving up iceberg any time soon.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 2 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I Like iceberg cut in half with blue cheese and bacon all over it. Oh well so much for the nutrition!! Thanks for all of the helpful facts :)

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      TapIn2U 2 years ago

      Great info! Thank you for sharing! Sundae ;-)

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      Barbara Walton 9 months ago from France

      I have always been doubtful about the nutritional value of lettuce but have been too lazy to do the research. I must say that I use rocket or lamb's lettuce in salads more than lettuce, but I'll use the darker leaved veg from now on.

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