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Lettuce is an annual plant of the aster or sunflower family Asteraceae. It is most often grown as a leaf vegetable, but sometimes for its stem and seeds (Wikipedia, nd).

Allergy Alert:

While a lettuce allergy is uncommon, it does exist. A lettuce allergy differs from an intolerance in that the immune system is involved in allergic reactions. You may experience allergic reactions such as itching or swelling of the mouth, hives, digestive upset or tightening of the throat, if you’re allergic to lettuce (Livestrong, November 5, 2013).

Common Uses:

Lettuce can be used in a variety of ways, but is mainly used in making sandwiches or salads.

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per 1 cup shredded (36 g)
Calories 5
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 10 mg 0%
Potassium 70 mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 1 g 0%
Dietary fiber 0.5 g 2%
Sugar 0.3 g
Protein 0.5 g 1%
Vitamin A 53% Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 1% Iron 1%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 0%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 1%

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