Romaine lettuce is known for its hearty crunch and bright green color. It’s often enjoyed in salads, on sandwiches, and even grilled in the summertime! Different types of lettuce have different types of nutritional value, so it’s important to know the health benefits of the lettuce you use for your salads, sandwiches, and more. Here are 4 health benefits of romaine lettuce to keep in mind next time you’re in the produce aisle.
Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet. Getting your recommended daily fiber intake helps to promote healthy digestion. Since fiber is not digested, it acts as a sort of intestinal sponge to help push waste through your gastrointestinal tract. A high fiber diet can help to lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes. One serving of romaine lettuce has about 5% of your recommended daily fiber intake, making it a great addition to a sandwich on high-fiber whole grain bread.
Source of Potassium
Having enough potassium in your diet is key to good heart health and muscle strength. Unfortunately, potassium is something many people are missing in their daily routine. Luckily, bananas aren’t the only dietary source of potassium out there. One serving of romaine has about 10% of your daily recommended potassium intake. Be sure to keep up on potassium-rich produce if you’re attempting to build muscle strength.
Vitamin C is key for heart and immune health, and citrus fruits aren’t the only great dietary source! A serving of romaine can give you up to 40% of your daily recommended vitamin C. Combine with other colorful vegetables, and even mandarin oranges or a lime juice dressing, to create a vitamin C rich salad for your next lunch. One bonus is that romaine is also a good source of vitamin K, which is great for bone health.
Low Caloric Content
There are a few reasons that salads are a frequent choice for dieters. They’re high in fiber, promoting healthy digestion that can help with bloating, and they can also be low in calories. Romaine has only 17 calories per serving, so it’s a great way to start a healthy and nutritious salad that will stay under your calorie count. With such a low caloric content and high water content, eating large portions of romaine can help you feel fuller while losing weight.
HYDROPONIC MICROGREENS FROM BAYWATER FARMS
Baywater Farms is a sixth-generation family-owned and operated farm servicing Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Delaware beaches, and the Eastern Shore. Baywater Farms is capable of meeting the demands of your produce distributor, restaurant produce supplier, CSA produce supplier, or wholesale produce supplier while maintaining the integrity and character of a small farm. Baywater Farms is about more than just hydroponic lettuce—we also grow heirloom beefsteak tomatoes, shishito peppers, field lettuces, custom grows, watermelon, Maryland’s own fish peppers, and more. When you work with Baywater Farms, you work with an experienced, ethical, and local farm dedicated to providing the highest-quality heirloom produce possible.