The Healthiest Part Of Leafy Greens Most People Throw Out By Mistake (VIDEO)

February 19, 2015 4:57 PM

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Crisp veggies, bold colors and fresh, leafy greens. A beautiful salad presentation is important -- after all, we eat with our eyes first, right? So it's no wonder that when prepping a head of romaine or cabbage, we tend to peel away the ugly outer layers and discard them. They're typically a bit wilted or damaged, often not as appealing as the interior layers. Though the outer leaves may not be pretty, registered dietitian and author Janis Jibrin explains why they should never be cast aside.

"Well actually, those outer leaves are the most nutritious part of the head of lettuce… they've been hit with the sunlight and that triggers the development of these wonderful compounds called flavonoids that help protect you against cancer and heart disease and maybe even Alzheimer's," Jibrin says ...

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