Protect Your Skin From UV Damage, 1 Leaf At A Time


Lettuce has long been known as a powerful flab fighter but did you know it also packs above its weight when it comes to combating the sun’s powerful UV rays?

Lettuce comes in 4 main types:  crisp head (iceberg and the like), Romaine, Bibb & leaf lettuce, leaf  lettuce is the most nutritious.

Obviously like all green plants The Sun is vital it’s growth, but those harsh UV rays are as damaging to fragile lettuce leaves as they are to our skin. Plants have perfected their own natural sun protection by creating a chemical sunscreen which we see in their color rich leaves in shades of red, purple & reddish-brown.

When you tuck into a salad packed with the leaves from a dark leaf lettuce, those same chemicals go to work protecting you from UV light.

The plants generously pass on their protection to become our protection. Look for Leaf lettuce which has most of its leaves open and arrayed to the Sun, giving it lots of surface space that is highly vulnerable to damage from UV light. To combat the damage it creates a high concentration of protective chemicals.

Crisp head lettuce with it’s tightly wrapped leaves hidden deep inside are just the opposite, in fact those inner leaves have only 1% of the antioxidants found in leaf lettuce as  only the outermost leaves are exposed to the sun. Bibb and Romaine lettuces expose some outer and leaves to the sun but have incased inner leaves which puts their nutrition levels in the middle of Crisp and Leaf.

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Your best bet – opt for the Red leaf varieties because they are rich in anthocyanins


About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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9 Responses to Protect Your Skin From UV Damage, 1 Leaf At A Time

  1. shoe1000 says:

    Awesome Post thanks!!!

  2. lavapix says:

    Good post. Thanks……..Time to start eating salads again 🙂

  3. It comes from the lettuce I just planted in the giant tub by my door!

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  5. Glad I like lettuce. I didn’t know this and living in Qld it would be the perfect thing to eat to add protection.

  6. macingosh says:

    Very useful information. Many thanks.

    Regards, macingosh photography

  7. clubtw says:

    After reading this, I feel compelled to start eating those lettuce leaves!

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  9. Perry says:

    Hello, after reading this amazing piece of writing i am as well cheerful to share my experience here with mates.

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