Are All Greens the Same?

Are All Greens The Same?

Karen Leibowitz


We all know eating greens and salads are a healthy
option, but did you know not all greens are created equal? There are differences between the benefits you get from eating different varieties and colors of leafy greens. Darker greens like collards and swiss chard contain vitamin C and beta carotene, an antioxidant more commonly known as forming vitamin A when consumed. These vitamins may slow aging and help protect you from cancer. A bit lighter variety of green leafy vegetable is Kale, which is a great source of vitamin A, C, and K, and also contains calcium, folate,  and potassium. Other varieties of greens supply folate, fiber and lutein, as well.

Greens have many flavors too! Here’s a quick guide
for the flavor profile of different greens to spice up your next meal:

arugula, watercress, mustard greens

peppery flavor


crisp texture

boston or bibb lettuce, mache

mild flavor


bitter raw, mild cooked

swiss chard

beet-like taste, soft texture when cooked

References: Different Kinds of Lettuces and Greens. 2014. Available at:
. Accessed November 10, 2015.

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