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The Nutritional Facts of Iceberg Lettuce
Salads are Wonderfully Nutritious and Delightfully Decorative
A Crispy Lettuce but not Quite Healthy as Other Salad Greens
The production and distribution of Iceberg lettuce is dropping is dropping so what is it in the nutritional facts of Iceberg lettuce that give this crispy crunchy lettuce such a bad rap in today's health conscientious society?
A century ago Iceberg lettuce was piled high on produce aisle shelves and consumers just could not get enough of this crispy moist green leafy vegetable yet today consumers are turning away and reaching for darker leaf vegetables instead.
Its History Explains its Popularity
A century ago there was a very distinct reason why Iceberg was so popular. Consumers did not have much choice in the lettuce 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.
Trains were Used to Ship Iceberg to its Destination
A century ago this product 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 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.
This lettuce acquired its name from the method by which it was shipped. This crispy pale colored leafy green was packed in ice for shipping and thus wise acquired the name Iceberg.
Salads are often served with the evening meal and can be quite versatile.
How do you choose the greens for your salads?
Where Salad is Concerned Variety Truly is the Spice of Life
Iceberg lettuce is a green leafy vegetable which has zero fat, zero cholesterol, and only 15 calories per serving.
Per average serving it 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?
Delightfully Refreshing Salads are Served Throughout the Year
Iceberg 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.
Of course Iceberg does also have its own special attributes when it comes to lettuce varieties. It has a nice crisp snap when you bite into it which 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.
Which is Your Favorite Lettuce?
There are many to choose from so which is your favorite?
Which Lettuce is Right for You?
With a few well chosen accessories a crisp garden salad can add an attractive touch of class and romance to an otherwise basic meal.
A salad served with a variety of vegetables included in its making can be a decorative addition to a table setting.
Pull out the stops and add a touch of old fashioned charm to your evening meal. For many years my husband and I have enjoyed serving our salad in wood dishes. Ideal also for entertaining guests.
Making Healthy Food Choices Does Not Have to be Difficult.
Despite the fact that obesity rates are at an all time high society as a whole is taking a healthier view on the foods that they consume. People are 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.
© 2009 Lorelei Cohen