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How to Choose the Best Salad Greens (Infographic)

The great thing about salads is the wide variety of healthy ingredients you can use to make them. The most basic elements of any good salad are the greens you start with. This may seem simple, but not all salads are created equal. Which greens pack the biggest nutritional value?

At just 10 calories per cup, a large leafy salad is a great nutritional source of numerous vitamins and antioxidants your body needs. However, not all greens maximize the nutrients you could derive from a good salad.

For example, iceberg lettuce, a traditional favorite offers the lowest nutritional value of all the common salad greens. Spinach, on the other hand, is loaded with essential nutrients that offer nearly twice the recommended daily value of Vitamin K, half the recommended value of Vitamin A, and plenty of iron and calcium.

This infographic by gives us the breakdown of which greens make for the best, nutrient-packed salad.

Next time you're at the grocery store, look for the darker, leafier greens, as they contain more nutrients and antioxidants than their lighter, more tightly packed counterparts. For the best health benefits, try Swiss chard or kale.
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