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Boston lettuce

A type of butter lettuce, Boston lettuce has large, soft, tender, gently cupped leaves. It's terrific in salads and sandwiches, or the leaves can be used as a bed for other dishes.

Boston lettuce, also known by the names Tom Thumb, Bibb, and Butter crunch, is one of six types of lettuces generally available for human consumption throughout the world. First popularized in Europe, it is now commonly available in many supermarkets worldwide.

The two most popular varieties of lettuce in North America are Boston and Bibb. Bibb lettuce has leaves that are narrower and darker green than Boston lettuce. It was developed by John Bibb, a Kentucky farmer, as a hybrid of Boston lettuce in the mid 1800s. Both of these varieties are frequently sold, especially in health food markets, with the roots attached to them to preserve freshness. The appearance of both lettuce types resembles a blooming rose, with soft leaves that part like rose petals.

Health Benefits of Boston Lettuce:

This type of lettuce is rich in vitamins K, B, C and A and is an excellent source of sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium. 

Boston lettuce also contains significant levels of lactucarium, which affects the human physiology much like opium. Based on these tranquilizing effects.

Boston lettuce is sometimes recommended as a natural treatment for heart palpitations, spasms of the intestines and insomnia.

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Nutrition Data for Lettuce, green leaf, raw (11253)

NutrientNutrient value per 100 gm1 cup shredded1 head1 leaf inner1 leaf outer
Water94.98 g34.1928 g341.928 g4.55904 g22.7952 g
Energy15 kcal5.4 kcal54 kcal0.72 kcal3.6 kcal
Protein1.36 g0.4896 g4.896 g0.06528 g0.3264 g
Total lipid (fat)0.15 g0.054 g0.54 g0.0072 g0.036 g
Carbohydrate, by difference2.87 g1.0332 g10.332 g0.13776 g0.6888 g
Fiber, total dietary1.3 g0.468 g4.68 g0.0624 g0.312 g
Sugars, total0.78 g0.2808 g2.808 g0.03744 g0.1872 g
NutrientNutrient value per 100 gm1 cup shredded1 head1 leaf inner1 leaf outer
Calcium, Ca36 mg12.96 mg129.6 mg1.728 mg8.64 mg
Iron, Fe0.86 mg0.3096 mg3.096 mg0.04128 mg0.2064 mg
Magnesium, Mg13 mg4.68 mg46.8 mg0.624 mg3.12 mg
Phosphorus, P29 mg10.44 mg104.4 mg1.392 mg6.96 mg
Potassium, K194 mg69.84 mg698.4 mg9.312 mg46.56 mg
Sodium, Na28 mg10.08 mg100.8 mg1.344 mg6.72 mg
Zinc, Zn0.18 mg0.0648 mg0.648 mg0.00864 mg0.0432 mg
NutrientNutrient value per 100 gm1 cup shredded1 head1 leaf inner1 leaf outer
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid9.2 mg3.312 mg33.12 mg0.4416 mg2.208 mg
Thiamin0.07 mg0.0252 mg0.252 mg0.00336 mg0.0168 mg
Riboflavin0.08 mg0.0288 mg0.288 mg0.00384 mg0.0192 mg
Niacin0.375 mg0.135 mg1.35 mg0.018 mg0.09 mg
Vitamin B-60.09 mg0.0324 mg0.324 mg0.00432 mg0.0216 mg
Folate, DFE38 µg13.68 µg136.8 µg1.824 µg9.12 µg
Vitamin B-120 µg0 µg0 µg0 µg0 µg
Vitamin A, RAE370 µg133.2 µg1332 µg17.76 µg88.8 µg
Vitamin A, IU7405 IU2665.8 IU26658 IU355.44 IU1777.2 IU
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)0.22 mg0.0792 mg0.792 mg0.01056 mg0.0528 mg
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)0 µg0 µg0 µg0 µg0 µg
Vitamin D0 IU0 IU0 IU0 IU0 IU
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)126.3 µg45.468 µg454.68 µg6.0624 µg30.312 µg
NutrientNutrient value per 100 gm1 cup shredded1 head1 leaf inner1 leaf outer
Fatty acids, total saturated0.02 g0.0072 g0.072 g0.00096 g0.0048 g
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated0.006 g0.00216 g0.0216 g0.000288 g0.00144 g
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated0.082 g0.02952 g0.2952 g0.003936 g0.01968 g
Cholesterol0 mg0 mg0 mg0 mg0 mg
NutrientNutrient value per 100 gm1 cup shredded1 head1 leaf inner1 leaf outer
Caffeine0 mg0 mg0 mg0 mg0 mg
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2013. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 26. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page
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