Iceberg Lettuce: Does it deserve its bum rep?Posted: June 25, 2008
I’m sure you’ve all heard at some point that iceberg lettuce (called “Crisphead” until the 1920’s) lacks any real health benefits and so you shouldn’t waste your time eating it. While it’s true that when it comes to lettuces in general the greener the leaf the greater the nutritional value, does that mean you should just pass over this little guy?!?
Iceberg is a great source for folate (a B vitamin), vitamin B6, vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, and thiamine. It’s made up mostly of water (95% or more) and dietary fiber providing necessary roughage for our digestive system.
It’s alkaline, clarifies your blood, and a nerve strengthener.
On the other hand, other lettuces are frequently higher in the same nutrients. Iceberg also can tend to accumulate cadmium (a toxic metal known to cause cancer) when it’s in the soil and who here really knows where their lettuce was grown besides Lesli and Dana?
Personally, we use just mix all our lettuces together in salads. With what we get from our CSA we usually have spinach, mustard greens, turnip tops, cress, and buttercrunch on hand. I just buy iceberg or romaine, whichever is cheaper that week, to supplement. What do you use?