Are alfalfa sprouts better than lettuce?



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    Both vegetables are low in saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol, which is good.  Alfalfa sprouts have a higher protein content, however, which is good for repairing muscles and helping you to feel full.  Additionally, alfalfa sprouts boast their richness in antioxidants and their status as the only veggie containing vitamins A, B complex, C, E, AND K.  Both are definitely good for you body, but it appears the sprouts have a bit more nutritional value to lend your body. 

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    Alfalfa sprouts contain more nutrients and protein than lettuce. These plants belong to the legume family, have a fast growth rate (plants mature in about a week), and can be grown in all regions of the world. They are generally grown without pesticides, unlike most lettuce. Alfalfa sprouts contain a full spectrum of vitamins, including vitamin A, B, B12, C, E, and K, and are a good source of protein. While romaine lettuce is a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants, it does not contain much protein. 

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    As previous answerers have said, alfalfa contains more vitamins and antioxidants. In addition, lettuce is often grown with pesticides, and is even considered one of the “dirty dozen” (twelve fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residue). However, buying organic lettuce should solve that problem. Another thing I’d like to point out is that the nutritional value for lettuce depends on the type of lettuce you buy. Here’s a basic nutritional chart for different types of lettuce from

    Salad Green Calories in Lettuce Fiber (g) Beta Carotene (mg) VitaminC (mg) Calcium (mg) Iron (mg)
    Arugula 25 1.6 4 91 160 1
    Belgian endive 17 3 trace 0 50 1
    Bibb 14 2 0.6 8 35 2
    Boston 14 2 0.6 8 35 2
    Escarole 20 2.5 1 7 53 1
    Iceberg 14 1.2 0.2 4 18 1
    Looseleaf 18 1.6 1 18 68 1
    Romaine 17 2 2 24 30 1
    Watercress 11 0.5 3 43 120 <1

    If you want to compare it to alfalfa, follow the second link below for a comprehensive overview of alfalfa’s nutritional information.

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