Cabbage and Its Benefits

cabbageCabbage isn’t just for St Patricks Day, that once a year treat that everyone looks forward to and then forgets after March. Cabbage, either light green solid heads or the purple one have a lot of uses. Cabbage in some countries are just as popular as eating potatoes in Ireland. Even here in America cabbage is the main ingredient in a lot of recipes. You can add herbs and spices to cooked cabbage and have a great vegetable or main dish. I like to cook it with a little butter and caraway seeds or use it  in stir fry’s, stews,  casseroles and many other things,  you are only limited by your imagination. Whichever color you choose, you can easily add cabbage to salads, slaws and soups, an use the leaves of cabbage on sandwiches .

Eating cabbage regularly is a low-cost, delicious way to boost your health. Part of the cruciferous family (which includes Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower), cabbage has many health benefits – it is:

  1. Rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients, which are linked to heart health
  2. A good source of fiber, which promotes gastrointestinal health
  3. Abundant in vitamin C, which supports a healthy immune system
  4. Renowned for its cancer-fighting properties, largely because it is rich in a class of nutrients called indoles. Indoles may reduce the risk of prostate, breast and other cancers.  When choosing between red or white (actually, light green) cabbage, go for the red – it contains more protective phytonutrients.
  5.  Fresh cabbage is an excellent source of natural antioxidant, vitamin C. Provides 36.6 mg or about 61% of RDA per 100g. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
  6.  Total antioxidant strength measured in terms of oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC value) is 508 µmol TE/100 g. Red cabbages contain more antioxidant value, 2252 µmol TE/100 g.
  7.  It is also rich in essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and thiamin (vitamin B-1). These vitamins are essential in the sense that our body requires them from external sources to replenish.
  8.  It also contains a adequate amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is required for the red blood cell formation.
  9.  Cabbage is a very good source of vitamin K, provides about 63% of RDA levels. Vitamin-K has the potential role in bone metabolism by promoting osteotrophic activity in them. So enough vitamin K in the diet gives you healthy bones. In addition, vitamin-K also has established role in curing Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage inside their brain.

Here is a recipe that I use for cabbage  that has been in the crisper to long.

Cabbage Sauteed

  • !/2 lb cabbage
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • Caraway Seed (optional)

Shred cabbage or cut in stripes.

Melt butter in pan and add caraway seeds if using, cook just a little to release flavor or just add cabbage. Add salt and pepper and cook until brown or desired color and texture.

Hope you enjoy the cabbage as much as we do. If any body has any good recipes, please pass them along.

Preparedness Mom

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6 Responses to Cabbage and Its Benefits

  1. porcupine says:

    Wish it were true. A magic cabbage. This kind of mythology and superstition is being conflated with science and medicine with zero evidence. It’s a seductive myth that somehow people with no science education would know which herbs or food will cure and which herbs or food will make you sick. Interestingly they will not both sell these magic herbs and make the claims that they will prevent or cure some disease. That would require “proof” something seriously lacking in all of these herbal cures and good food/bad food claims. I would suggest you eat cabbage for it’s flavor but don’t believe it will cure or prevent anything.

    • admin says:

      I suggest you actually read the article. It does not claim to cure anything. It does however show some information on the nutritional benefits of eating cabbage.

  2. porcupine says:

    “4.Renowned for its cancer-fighting properties”

    Even the statement that antioxidants and phytonutrients can cure or prevent disease is simply wrong. There are indeed minimum daily requirements for vitamins, minerals, protein, fats and carbs. There are no MDRs for antioxidants and phytonutrients. This is a fiction and when legitimate studies are done to identify the value of these things zero evidence is found that they do anything for us.
    It just continues the counter-culture myth that there are these magic foods or supplements that will prevent/cure illness and let you live forever or at least live longer. By all means eat a good diet with a diverse and broad variety of fruits, vegetables and meats, but don’t fall for the superstition that someone has figured out what all the scientists and doctors somehow missed and consuming this magic food/supplement will save you. It isn’t true. Every fad diet is a fake and every supplement and megadose recommendation is pure quackery. Eat cabbage because you like it not because it “may” reduce the risk of prostate, breast and other cancers. There is a good reason why people who push these belief’s use the word “may”. It is because they know it won’t and if they claim it will they could be sued or charged with a crime. Simply using that word is evidence that the writer knows what they are saying is untrue and unprovable. There is an audience for it, these fictions are very seductive. I understand the desire to appeal to that audience but it is no different then telling someone who is sick to not go to a doctor and take these magic pills instead. Steve Jobs is dead exactly because he was taken in by this kind of quackery. By the time he finally understood he was duped by the “organic mafia” it was too late his cancer had become inoperable.

    • Security Guy says:

      So what is your nutritional advice, maybe we should all be eating soylent green? Maybe McDs 3 times a day, worked for Morgan Spurlock didn’t it? Or possibly just store bought vitamin tablets with a diet protein shake chaser? Your health DOES improve by eating fresh foods, either out the garden or off the hoof. You get a lot more nutrition from the food if it hasn’t been processed in a plant before it reaches you. Heat does break down nutrients in food, and guess what processed food is done at high temps to kill bacteria and does result in the break down of nutrients. I used to work at a canning facility and we used to talk about all the product coming out the door was just filler. No real nutrition. The crops are planted to grow extra fast in depleted soil that looks more like sand each year than dirt and then it gets nuked at high temps and slow cool in the warehouse surrounded by other stacks of palatalized cans doing the same thing. So it continues to cook in the cans for days (never needed heaters in the warehouses).

      Guess what aspirin MAY reduce the pain from a headache. Antibiotics MAY shorten an illness. And vaccinations MAY prevent illness. Guess those are all lies also huh.

      • porcupine says:

        Unless you have some illness or genetic predisposition to an illness that is made worse by some foods you can pretty much eat what you like.
        Yeah, fresh is good, tastes good, but your body doesn’t care it simply turns it all into it’s basic nutrients. SO spend twice to three times as much for the food at Whole Foods if you like but don’t be telling people it will save you. The body needs certain things and you can find them all in the MDR. Everything in excess of that is just food turned into energy or fat depending on your personal habits and genetic predispositions. Eating foods high or higher in nutrients will only help you if you are not getting enough of those nutrients. Look at the MDR. Some people have illnesses that are either helped or hurt by certain diets, by all means stick with those diets and your doctors advice. But making up myths about magic foods is not helpful. A lot of people buy into these myths and superstitions and choose them over real health care and this isn’t good.
        Antibiotics is the second biggest thing in health care in the history of the world. There is no “maybe” about antibiotics. Vaccinations are the biggest thing that has ever happened to humans in our entire history. Before vaccinations about half of children born would die before age 18, most from diseases we now vaccinate for. Look around at your family and friends and now imagine half of them died in childhood. That’s how big a deal vaccinations are. No “maybe” you can legally and morally shout the truth about vaccinations and antibiotics. You cannot do that when you speak about supplements, antioxidants and phytonutrients.

        • Security Guy says:

          You are a troll and probably work for conagra, monsanto, or one of the other food giants that are tanking right now because people are waking up to the GMO BS.

          If you actually do research on the dawn of vaccinations you will also notice that it coincided with better personal hygiene and general cleanliness especially with food preparation. More people died from those problems like contaminated food, water, and infections than disease. Vaccinations have their place but they are NOT the miracle cure you are saying they are. Antibiotics also have their place and have helped fight off many a bad infection that would have otherwise killed the patient. But that is only if they are clean and not filled with questionable additives, same thing for vaccines. I’ve had more than my fair share of vaccinations (even military doctors told me that) and now I deal with pretty bad health issues I believe are related to them. The whole “it’s a genetic problem that runs in the family” thing doesn’t pan out with a family my size (60 some cousins on 1 side alone) and I am the only one having these “genetic related problems”. Even the other veterans in my family don’t buy the line I’ve been told by the VA. Go back to eating your junk food prickly opossum. I’ll go back to growing my veggies and eating them fresh.

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