We know that a salad is a great way to get your greens in, but how do the different types of leaves stack up nutritionally? This infographic from Greatist tells you exactly what you’re getting with five common types of salad greens:

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Calorie-wise, they’re all fairly low, but the real difference comes in the nutrient content. With the highest percentage of vitamin K and iron and a very close second in folate, spinach is the best choice all around. Romaine beats spinach in vitamin A and C, so for a well-balanced nutritional profile, a mix of these two is your best bet. Although red leaf lettuce and arugula each provide vitamins A and K,  they’re nowhere near as high as the first two, and with the exception of vitamin K, there’s very little nutritional value in iceberg. You really can’t go wrong with any type of green, but if you want to get the most out of your salad, be sure to mix some spinach and/or romaine in yours!

What’s your go-to salad green?

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