31 Aug '15, 10am

In defense of salad

Who doesn't love a great salad? And I'm not talking about nasty iceberg wedges. A recent article in the Washington Post attacked salads, calling them “so overrated.” Writer Tamar Haspel called on eaters to reject salads because “salad vegetables are pitifully low in nutrition” and they “fool dieters into making bad choices.” She wrote that lettuce is prone to food-borne bacteria, is resource-intensive to grow, ship, and keep, and is the greatest source of vegetable food waste (a horrific 1 billion pounds of lettuce are tossed annually in the United States. Her conclusion? “Save the planet, skip the salad.” There is a lot wrong with this argument. Salad does have some issues, but that doesn’t warrant an attempt to erase the entire food category. When it comes to nutrition, not all salad greens are created equal. Iceberg lettuce, for some reason, is the main target in Haspel...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/defense-salad.html

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