The author of this article (Why Salad Is So Overrated, Washington Post, 23 August 2015) says that lettuce, cucumber and radish, are nutritionally and calorically irrelevant.
Do you agree? I don’t.
Lettuce and other greens are important, not just for the “27 nutrients” they provide (what about the hundreds of phytochemicals? That act as antioxidants and antiinflammatories?) This is a reductionist way of thinking, a way of thinking I have railed against. Greens are important, ironically, for the nutrients they don’t provide … they add bulk, fluid, and dilute the other food we eat. They reduce calorie density.
If eating was just about getting 27 nutrients, we could take a pill and be done with it.