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 colors, 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.
Here are a few things to know about cabbage.
Here is the nutritional profile for cabbage (per 1-cup serving)
- Calories: 43.50
- Protein: 2.27 grams
- Carbohydrates: 10.41 grams
- Fiber: 3.9 grams
- Fat: 0.14 grams
As you can see, this is a great low-calorie food that can easily be included in just about any diet plan.
Key Vitamins And Minerals
In addition to being low in calories, cabbage is also very high in micronutrients. Here are some of the main ones you’ll get and the total percentage of the daily recommended intake for these nutrients.
- Vitamin K: 79%
- Vitamin C: 69%
- Vitamin B6: 20%
- Manganese: 14%
- Vitamin B1: 9%
- Folate: 9%
- Copper: 9%
- Potassium: 8%
- Choline: 8%
- Phosphorus: 7%
- Vitamin B2: 7%
- Calcium: 6%
- Selenium: 6%
- Iron: 6%
Being so chock-full of nutrients makes this a food that will really work for you. These micronutrients will help keep your energy level up, your immune system strong, and your body ready to take on whatever comes its way.
So, what are some of the health benefits of cabbage?
- First, it’s a great cancer fighter. This is thanks to the high dose of antioxidants it provides.
- It can also help slow down aging since you’ll be controlling the free-radical damage caused by oxidation.
- Cabbage is also good for helping to lower total body inflammation. It may help combat certain diseases such as diabetes as well as arthritis. Since inflammation is the cornerstone of these conditions, anything you can do to control it is a very good thing.
- Cabbage is also top-notch for diabetics because it can help you better control your blood glucose levels. Eating it regularly will help your body better process the carbohydrates you eat and help insulin do its job better.
- Finally, it also is a heart-boosting food because it can help lower bad cholesterol levels and raise the level of good cholesterol.
If you haven’t cooked up cabbage in a while, now is the time to start. Look up a few recipes online and you’ll quickly see that it can be used for more than cabbage rolls and coleslaw.
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