Superfood focus: Lettuce

I think lettuce is one of those healthy foods that need a cheerleader, as it's so often overlooked. You may think of it as just part of your salad or the garnish on your plate, but in fact lettuce has amazing benefits.
Not only is it low in calories but also rich in nutrients such Vitamin C and beta-carotene which is made into vitamin A in the body.  Both Vitamin C and beta-carotene are antioxidants which help keep the immune system healthy.  Beta-carotene also helps prevent macular degeneration- so goodbye reading glasses!  The darker the variety, the richer it is in foleate which maintains healthy blood. As an extra bonus, lettuce also helps you to sleep.
The good news is that organic lettuce is really easy to grow.  This year I have been growing 'Little Gem' lettuce from organic seeds.  The seeds were planted in April in the greenhouse (indoors is fine) and as the weather warmed up, they were planted out in a raised bed.  They have been covered with netting to keep nibbling mouths from eating them.  For weeks now we have been harvesting fresh lettuce leaves for our salads (see Instagram photos) and more keep growing!
But if you do buy lettuce, make sure it is organic.  Lettuce is on the 'Dirty Dozen' list of foods important to eat organic (see previous post)- so eating it organic makes sure you get the maximum nutrients and none of the nasties.
So get munching on that lettuce!
Love Janet x

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