The words lettuce and salad are virtually inseparable, since the vast majority of salads are predominantly made from tender green leaves of lettuce. Most lettuces exude small amounts of a white, milky liquid when their leaves are broken. Its scientific name is Lactuca Sativa,

Lettuce is most commonly consumed  in salads, with numerous varieties of leaves, colors, shapes, sizes and textures.

Fresh lettuce should have clean, bright leaves. For proper conservation,  old and wilted leaves should be removed. The lettuce should then be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for a maximum of 10 to 14  days.


Health Benefits

Lettuce is one of the vegetables with the most nutrients that benefit general health. The energy value of lettuce is low because its water content represents 96% of its weight. Lettuce contains iron, a very important mineral in the transport of oxygen in the body.

  • It contains fibers which helps digestion and the good functioning of the intestine, besides offering small amounts of minerals like  calcium and phosphorus.
  • Lettuce has laxative, diuretic and anti-allergic properties.
  • It is also used to treat apoplexy, arthritis, and to reduce atherosclerosis.


Origin: Portugal


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Lettuce Nutritional Information

  Amount per 100g  
  Calories 15 Kcal  
  Lipids 0,2 g  
  Saturated fatty acid 0 g  
  Monounsaturated fatty acid 0 g  
  Polyunsaturates 0,1 g  
  Linoleic acid 0 g  
  Carbohydrates 0.8 g  
  Fiber 1.3 g  
  Protein 1,8 g  
  Vitamin C 4 mg  
  Vitamin A 115 µg  
  Potassium 310 mg  
  Iron 1.5 mg  
  Magnesium 22 mg  
  Calcium 70 mg  
 Fonte: INSA.PT



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