Lettuce is one of the perfect weight loss food and also regarded as the king of salad plant,it is the most popular of all the salad vegetables.Although it can also be use in preparing different kind of food such as sandwiches and soups,and one of the good thing about lettuce is that it can be grilled.There are various kind of lettuce,they differ in color of leaf size and texture,the color of leafs varies of light to dark green.
Lettuce was first discover in the Middle East but was first cultivated as a vegetable in Egypt ,then it was use by the persian royalty,lettuce was cultivated first as a salad plant by the ancient Greek and the Romans.
Lettuce leaf are very rich source of vitamin K and A and a well balance source of folate and iron,but when the leaf is contaminated it is often regarded as the source of bacteria,parasitic outbreak and viral in the humans.Lettuce is very rich in mineral salt with the alkaline element greatly predominating,so it helps to keep the blood clean and the human mind alert,it is high in health value and keep the human body in good health.
Important Health Benefit Of Lettuce:-
- Since lettuce is rich in cellulose,it increases the level of intestinal contents and encourages peristalsis,so it is therefore highly beneficial in curing chronic constipation.
- Lettuce is regarded as one of the families of vegetables which contains some percentage of carbohydrate or less,so it is therefore one of the food that can be prescribe for a diabetic patient.
- The minerals present in lettuce help to remove some toxins and keep the acid/alkaline balance in order.There are host of health benefit when the acid is balance,such as sleeping well,thinking clearly and makes you look younger.
- Lettuce leaf help in loosing weight.The fiber helps in removing bile salts from the body,when your body replaces this salts it breaks down cholesterol and it is also good for the heart.
- It is very beneficial in the treatment of insomnia,as it contains a sleeping inducing substance called (lectucarium).The effect of lettuce juice has been likened to the sedative action of opium without the accompanying excitement.
Minerals And Vitamin Found In Lettuce:-
During pregnancy eating raw lettuce leaf is very beneficial,a very important nutritional factor,the folic acid present in lettuce prevent magaloblastic anemia during pregnancy.In some series of experiment with lettuce leaf,its confirm the effect that during pregnancy,mothers who had a regular use of lettuce are always free from nutritional anemia. One particular benefit of eating lettuce leaf, is that it prevent habitual abortions.
Lettuce is usually or normally use in salad preparation,the leafs are also cooked as green especially loose leaf lettuce,before lettuce leaf can be use for salad preparation, it should be wash properly(leaf by leaf)because of its dirt and after wash it should be wrap with a clean towel until it is completely dry.