Benefits of Juicing Lettuce

August 28, 2013

Lettuce, whose scientific name is Lactuca Sativa, is a part of the Asteraceae family and of the Lactuca genus. The English word “lettuce” was derived from the Latin word “lactuca’ which means milk. It is attributable to the white “milky” liquid found each time you break its leaves. It has been known to be first cultivated by the ancient Egyptians and is now being commercially grown all over the world. The top lettuce producing countries include China, the USA, India, Italy and Spain. It is often used in making salads and sandwiches. In Asia, lettuce is commonly used in soups and wraps.

Lettuce has different varieties – each with its own distinctive taste, size, flavor and nutritional value. Most of them grow in heads. There are the tightly closed crispheads like radicchio, icebergs and endives. Romaine, boston, and mizuna, on the other hand are examples of loose leaf heads. There are also lettuces that grow on stems like arugula and watercress.

There has been a relative increase in the consumption of these healthy greens for the past century. Thanks to the arrival of the mighty juicer. The juicing phenomenon is now a worldwide hit, kudos to social media as well for giving people a peek into the juicing craze and habit of celebrities, health-conscious individuals and ordinary people.

There are still some people who abhor adding green leafy vegetables to their smoothies and juices. That’s because some of us are not accustomed to eating vegetables. Nowadays, most people are used to eating unhealthy processed meat including fast food burgers, fries, and sodas. Popping prepackaged frozen dinner tray sets in the microwave has been a common scenario in most houses for quite some time. People are always busy working that they think preparing home cooked meals and juicing fresh fruits and vegetables is a burden rather than a reward after a hard day’s work. So the idea of gulping green juices is surprisingly odd and somewhat difficult for some.

Allow me to enlighten your thoughts on why you should start the habit of incorporating green vegetables such as lettuce in your juices. Lettuce is an excellent source of a wide variety of vitamins and minerals that prevents premature aging and disease. Chlorophyll, found in green vegetables aids in treating gastrointestinal problems. It also helps boost energy, fight cancer-causing toxins, even helps eliminate bad breath. So the greener the lettuce leaves are, the better. For those who would like to lose some weight, lettuce is the ideal weight loss food for you. It has very low calorie content and zero fat. It is rich in fiber and cellulose that can fill one up easily and can aid in improving one’s digestion. It is also a great source of vitamin C and vitamin A (beta-carotene) that keeps the heart healthy and prevents the oxidation of cholesterol. It is also believed to fight insomnia. Lettuce juice is also an excellent source of iron, potassium, vitamin K, manganese, thiamin, folate acid, calcium, riboflavin, copper, magnesium and vitamin B6.

Making healthy vegetable juices is very easy to do and will only take no greater than 10 minutes of your time each day. So for starters, juice a few iceberg leaves together with some red beets, orange juice and carrots. You will be surprised that you will not detect its flavor if added to fruit juices and other vegetables. Crete your own recipe according to your preference. Increase the volume of the greens as you get used to its taste. You may also try using romaine hearts at first. The lighter taste and color can be easily camouflaged if juiced together with your favorite fruits and vegetables. This is a great way of introducing healthier foods and drinks to your family. As you go along, you may add the greener outer romaine leaves to get its full health benefit. You can also juice by batches that will last you for 2-3 days. Try juicing now and enjoy the wonderful benefits that lettuce can give you.

 

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