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How Healthy is Cabbage?

Cabbage is a very healthy vegetable that comes in a variety of colors. The red, green and white versions of this vegetable are all members of the cruciferous family. This would make cabbage related to broccoli and cauliflower as well.

The edible leaves provide many health benefits to the body. The high levels of beta-carotene, lutein eases inflammation and prevent hardening of arteries therefore reducing risk of cardiovascular disease.

It is important to note that the nutritional value can easily be destroyed if you use the wrong cooking methods. In order to avoid this, use quick cooking methods like sautéing, stir frying or simply shred and eat it raw. Overcooking will not only reduce the vitamin content it will also spoil the color.

Improves Bone Health and Aids Weight Loss

This vegetable contains Vitamin K which helps with blood clotting functions and overall bone health. With 68mg of cabbage in one cup provides a good boost towards meeting the daily recommendation amount of 120mg for men and 90mg for women.

Vitamin K deficiency will result in weak bones, bruising and bleeding problems. The Vitamin C also present in the produce not only helps to boost immune system but it also helps the body to repair itself from damage.

Did you know that two cups of cabbage provides about 5 grams of fiber? Fiber is essential for the body when trying to loose weight. Fiber helps with digestion problems and does a good job lowering blood sugar levels. Fiber keeps you fuller longer.

Since this vegetable boasts low calories it is ideal for adding to your diet to help with weight loss. If you make coleslaw, use the red, green or Savoy Napa varieties. If you make sauerkraut, use either the Danish Ballhead, Late Flat Head or Premium Late Dutch varieties.

Cabbage Rice Recipe

  • 1 large cabbage
  • 1 tbsp. chopped ginger
  • 2 cups of rice
  • 4 cups of vegetable stock
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper (mixed)

Method:

  1. Dissolve tomato paste into 2-3 tbsp. of water with seasonings.
  2. Cut cabbage into large chunks. Place in pan with butter, onion, thyme, seasoning mix and sauté until soft.
  3. Once cabbage is soft add the dissolved tomato paste to pot and mix together.
  4. Next, add in ginger and raw rice. Lightly toast rice grains for about 1 minute.
  5. Then add in vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer for about 25 minutes or until rice is cooked. Once cooked stir rice, garnish with fresh parsley and serve.

With so many health benefits try to include cabbage in your daily diet to help you get more nutritional value for a healthier lifestyle.

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