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Monday, 6 November 2017

Nine Health Benefits of Cabbage

Jillian Kubala MS RD writes:

"Despite its impressive nutrient content, cabbage is often overlooked. While it may look a lot like lettuce, it actually belongs to the Brassica genus of vegetables, which includes broccoli, cauliflower and kale. It comes in a variety of shapes and colours, including red, purple, white and green, and its leaves can be either crinkled or smooth. This vegetable has been grown around the world for thousands of years and can be found in a variety of dishes, including sauerkraut, kimchi and coleslaw. Additionally, cabbage is loaded with vitamins and minerals.

This article uncovers 9 surprising health benefits of cabbage, all backed by science:

1. Cabbage Is Packed With Nutrients
Cabbage is a low-calorie vegetable that is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

2. It May Help Keep Inflammation in Check
Cabbage contains powerful antioxidants that may help reduce inflammation.

3. Cabbage Is Packed With Vitamin C
Your body needs vitamin C for many important functions, and it is a potent antioxidant. Red cabbage is particularly high in this nutrient, providing about 85% of the RDI per cup (89 grams).

4. It Helps Improve Digestion
Cabbage contains insoluble fibre, which keeps the digestive system healthy by providing fuel for friendly bacteria and promoting regular bowel movements.

5. May Help Keep Your Heart Healthy
Cabbage contains powerful pigments called anthocyanins, which have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.

6. May Lower Blood Pressure
Potassium helps keep blood pressure within a healthy range. Increasing your intake of potassium-rich foods like cabbage may help lower high blood pressure levels.

7. Could Help Lower Cholesterol Levels
Cabbage is a good source of soluble fibre and plant sterols. These substances have been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol.

8. Cabbage Is an Excellent Source of Vitamin K
Vitamin K is critical for blood clotting. Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin K1, with 85% of the RDI in 1 cup (89 grams).

9. It’s Very Easy to Add to Your Diet
In addition to being super healthy, cabbage is delicious. It can be eaten raw or cooked and added to a wide variety of dishes like salads, soups, stews and slaws. This versatile veggie can even be fermented and made into sauerkraut. In addition to being adaptable to many recipes, cabbage is extremely affordable. No matter how you prepare cabbage, adding this cruciferous vegetable to your plate is a tasty way to benefit your health.

The Bottom Line
Cabbage is an exceptionally healthy food. It has an outstanding nutrient profile and is especially high in vitamins C and K. In addition, eating cabbage may even help lower the risk of certain diseases, improve digestion and combat inflammation. Plus, cabbage makes a tasty and inexpensive addition to a number of recipes. With so many potential health benefits, it is easy to see why cabbage deserves some time in the spotlight and some room on your plate."

The above is only a snippet of Jillian's article to read it in full with all relevant links please see here

Looking for Cabbage Recipes ...

... How about these six suggestions 

Baked Salmon Steaks with garlic, shredded cabbage and Stilton - see here
Chicken Legs braised with slow-cooked red cabbage - see here
Dauphinoise Casserole with Cabbage (or Celeriac) - see here
Braised Savoy cabbage with bacon - see here
Cabbage soup, low carb - see here
Italian cabbage stir fry - see here

You will find a variety of articles and recipes within this blog, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan


Jo said...

I love cabbage, especially the dark green ones like Savoy.

Valerie-Jael said...

I am a big cabbage fan, and use it almost daily. Hugs, Valerie

Sami said...

Not a great fan of cabbage, but maybe never made it with the right dish. I like sauerkraut, but of course the supermarket ones aren't the best options. Will have to learn how to make my own and have a look at the suggested cabbage recipes.
Thanks Jan

Barbara said...

That has just reminded me I have a cabbage in the garage, I must fetch it in and use it. Baked Salmon Steaks with garlic, shredded cabbage and Stilton is on the menu for tonight.
I will think of you while enjoying it.
Have a lovely week, Barbara.

Blogoratti said...

Very informative, thanks for sharing!

Tom said...

...there are lots of ways to enjoy it.

R's Rue said...


Christine said...

I really should make some cabbage soon.

Carol Blackburn said...

Oh, but the smell (before and after). Haven't eaten cabbage in YEARS.

Martha said...

This is really great information. It's been awhile since I had cabbage.

William Kendall said...

It's been awhile since I've had cabbage rolls.

Debbie said...

i enjoyed reading this and i love cabbage, prepared hot or cold in salad or cole slaw!!!

Prunella Pepperpot said...

A great read. I love cabbage raw and cooked.
Have a brilliant week :)

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Interesting read.. Thanks!!!! We don't eat much cabbage --but certainly need to. The only way I eat cabbage these days is in SLAW... BUT--I don't like the slaws made with a lot of mayo or other fattening things... SO--I either make my own --or don't usually eat it if we are in a restaurant (since I never know what kind of slaw they have).....

I will check out some of your recipes. Thanks again.

Elephant's Child said...

So long as it isn't overcooked (as my mother always did) I am very, very fond of cabbage.

Sue (this n that) said...

A beaut post thanks Jan.
Cabbage certainly is versatile. More often than not I'll add a big handful of chopped cabbage to our vegie soup, it cooks in wonderfully. Nice to read about all those health benefits :D)

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

I agree that cabbage is great. I just wish I could find smaller heads! Nice info, Jan. Enjoy a wonderful week! ♥

Poppy said...

All very interesting and appetizing facts about cabbage! I like to make Greek style cabbage rolls with it, as well as shred it in salads.

Have a wonderful week,

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Cabbage is a very underrated vegetable - and there are so many different varieties. It seems to me that at one point cabbage was considered kind of lowly and was associated with poor people. We use it all the time - raw in salads - cooked in many different ways, but mostly steamed. Cabbage rolls are an absolute favourite though.

Lorrie said...

We enjoy cabbages of all sorts - brussels sprouts, red cabbage, green cabbage, Savoy cabbage. So versatile! I'm going to check out the Savoy Cabbage with bacon recipe link.

Conniecrafter said...

I love cabbage raw, but cooked not so much, the smell of it cooked even gets to me, my hubby loves it cooked so when I made a meal with cooked I always save out some for me to eat raw :)

carol l mckenna said...

All looks delicious ~ should follow your lead but hate to cook for myself ~

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Snowbird said...

I could eat cabbage until the cows come home. Good to hear how beneficial it is!xxx

Bob Bushell said...

The cabbage, love it.

DeniseinVA said...

Dad used to grow cabbage. Back in the day he used to drink the water/broth that it was cooked in, and drink that along with the cabbage, with salt and lots of pepper :) We all love cabbage in our house :)

Magic Love Crow said...

I love cabbage raw, but I hate it cooked! I don't know why?

Kezzie said...

There are many fab benefits here!! I don't think I eat it enough - though we do eat Cavalo nero quite a lot!

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