Choose lettuce with crisp leaves. Avoid brown edges. 

Varieties to Explore
Manoa Lettuce
Red Leaf Lettuce 

Nutrient Content Claims
Fat free, Saturated fat free, Cholesterol free, Very low in sodium, Low in calories, High in vitamin A 

Health Claims 

Dietary Fat & Cancer: Development of cancer depends on many factors. A diet low in total fat may reduce the risk of some cancers. Leaf lettuce is fat free. 

Sodium & Hypertension:

  • Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure, a disease associated with many factors. Leaf lettuce is very low in sodium. 
  • Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Leaf lettuce is very low in sodium. 
  • Leaf lettuce, as part of a low sodium diet, may reduce the risk of high blood pressure. 

Dietary Saturated Fat & Cholesterol & Risk of Coronary Heart Disease: While many factors affect heart disease, diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of this disease. Leaf lettuce contains no saturated fat or cholesterol.

Fruits & Vegetables & Cancer: Low fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables (foods that are low in fat and may contain dietary fiber, Vitamin A, or Vitamin C) may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors. Leaf lettuce is high in vitamin A. 


Cut, bagged lettuce does not need to be rewashed at home. If you choose to wash it at home, it can reduce the shelf life if excess water remains on the lettuce.  

Do not open bagged lettuce until you’re ready to eat them. Once you have opened the bag, no need to swap out containers, but it can help to squeeze out any excess air in the bag and secure with a clip when storing in the fridge. 

Leafy greens are not major producers of ethylene. However, they are sensitive to ethylene, so leafy greens should be stored away from major ethylene producers such as bananas, apples, kiwi, and bell peppers. 

Temperature is most important in prolonging the life of bagged lettuce. For both food safety and quality reasons, it is recommended that refrigerators be kept below 40°F.


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#DYK the term Leaf Lettuce describes the varieties of lettuce with leaves that branch from a single stalk in a loose bunch rather than forming a tight head? The leaves are crisper and more full-flavored than those of the Head Lettuce varieties. @fruitsandveggies #haveaplant 

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