Red Leaf Lettuce

Red Leaf Lettuce is a member of the genus Lactuca of the family Asteraceae. It is among the hundreds of varieties of lettuce that are grown all over the world and has mild watery flavor and soft buttery leaves tinged with red. As it is a type of leaf lettuce it has crisp leaves loosely attached to a stalk rather than the tightly attached leaves of romaine lettuce. It is extremely similar to green leaf lettuce except with a deep red tint to the edges of the leaves. Healthy and fresh red leaf lettuce has crunchy, blemish-free leaves and no signs of browning or wilting.

Nutrients:

• Vitamin A: helps in formations of visual purple in eyes that improve the vision of weak eyes. Apart from that it ensures a healthy retina and prevents night blindness by increasing the adaptability of the human eye to both bright light and darkness.
• Vitamin K: effective in decreasing the risk of stomach, prostate, colon, nasal, and oral cancer.
• Manganese: essential for proper and normal development of human bone structure.
• Iron: fulfill iron deficiency and get rid of the restless leg syndrome.
• Vitamin C: lowering risk of gout.
• Vitamin B9: helpful in handling numerous mental and emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression.
• Vitamin B6: create hemoglobin within the blood that can help lower symptoms of anemia and prevent it from occurring in some instances.

How to Use Red Leaf Lettuce at Home:

• Lettuce is often consumed raw in salads, but it can also be sautéed, braised, steamed and even grilled to make a different addition to an entrée or side dish.
• Add red leaf lettuce to a ham or turkey and cheese sandwich.
• In a taco salad, replace chips with red leaf lettuce.

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