Food of the Week: Cabbage

 

  • Cabbage is a leafy vegetable of Brassica family, which are also known as cruciferous vegetables.  Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, and bok choy are also categorized as cruciferous vegetables
  • Cabbage is an abundant source of Vitamin C. It is actually richer in Vitamin C than oranges, which is traditionally considered the “best” source of that vital nutrient. Vitamin C, as one of the best antioxidants, reduces free radicals in your body that are one of the fundamental causes of premature aging.
  • Cabbage is very rich in fiber. Fiber helps the body retain water and it maintains the bulkiness of the food as it moves through the bowels. Thus, it is a good remedy for constipation and other digestion-related problems.
  • Cabbage is a very powerful brain food! The presence of Vitamin K and anthocyanins within cabbage can give a strong boost to mental function and concentration. These are primarily found in red cabbage, and vitamin K has been well-researched, although it is often called the “forgotten vitamin”.
  • One cup of cabbage is only 28 calories!

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Fun Fact : Cabbage is one of the oldest cultivated vegetables in Europe. It is part of human diet more than 1000 years.

Sauerkraut is a dish made from fermented cabbage and that Dutch sailors used to eat it on long journeys to prevent scurvy.


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