Lettuce is a very nutritious leafy green vegetable that a lot of people overlook. I am guilty of that sometimes too, as I would only reach for it when making a salad. They are also easy to find in Nigeria, since they are locally grown. It’s certain your neighborhood veggies mallam has this in stock.
Like a lot of vegetables, it is low in calories and can be used to bulk up meals if you are watching your weight. The romaine lettuce has the highest nutritional content, if you can lay your hands on it. This vegetable is high in essential minerals, vitamins and other nutrients. Here are a few of its benefits
Lettuce is a rich source of vitamin A, which is essential for cell turnover, thereby revitalizing the skin. It is also a good mask for dry skin, as it can help tone the skin.
Vitamins E and C in it protect the skin from harmful UV rays of the sun
- It also helps remove toxins from the body.
- It helps stimulate hair growth, prevents shedding and delays graying of hair
- It increases metabolism, just as it can prevent lung and mouth cancers
- It is high in fiber and cellulose and also has low calorie content, so it is great for weight loss