Most people think about cabbage once a year and that time is now, around St. Patrick's Day, when it surfaces in a popular Irish dish with corned beef.
But this low cal, high fiber veggie needs to make it to the plate EACH AND EVERY WEEK if not EVERY DAY and here's why:
- Cabbage Is a POWER FOOD Packed With Antioxidants
Cabbage is considered a POWER food due to high sulfur, potassium, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C content. Anti-oxidants can reduce inflammation in the body and even boost brain function. Sulfur is sometimes called "the beauty mineral," as it is needed for the body to produce collagen and has cardiovascular and well as detoxification benefits.
The ORAC value for cabbage:
Cabbage, red, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt - 3145
ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, a unit of measurement for antioxidants developed by the National Institute on Aging in the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
- Cabbage Fights Cancer
According to The George Mateljan Foundation For the World's Healthiest Foods (whfoods.org), cabbage tops the list of anti-cancer foods due to its anti-oxidants as well as something called "glucosinolates" which turn into another something called "isothiocyanate compounds, which are strong cancer fighters, particularly in bladder, breast, colon and prostate cancer.
Red cabbage contains 36 different varieties of anthocyanins. These are a class of flavonoid phytonutrients that have been linked to protection from cancer, according to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (http://www.naturalnews.com/024487_cabbage_re...).
- Cabbage Is Great For Your Eyes
The vitamin A in cabbage is in the form of betacarotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Lutein and zeaxanthin function only as antioxidants in the eyes and may help to prevent age related macular degeneration from getting worse. Red cabbage really wins it in this category, as red cabbage has 10 times more vitamin A than green cabbage.
- Cabbage Has More Vitamin C Than You Think
Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant that neutralizes free radicals in the body and is needed for the production of collagen in skin. Which has more Vitamin C, cabbage or an orange? Surprise! Cabbage is the winner!
- Cabbage Can Help You Lose Weight
With 33 calories in a cup of cooked cabbage, you are getting a "smart carb" that is low in fat and high in fiber. Maybe that's why it's the key ingredient in the famous "cabbage diet."
We all should really sing the praises of cabbage. Oh wait: someone already did. A certain Irish rapper in a song called "Danny Boy" belts out "I gotta have corn beef and cabbage, if I wanna manage."
Well, he is right about the CABBAGE part.
Easy red cabbage recipe: Heat shredded cabbage in oil until it starts to wilt. Add in apple slices and simmer for 25 minutes, letting the apple sweeten the cabbage. Stir in a few dashes of red wine vinegar. And it's deLISH! Serve warm or cold.
You can even make a cabbage facial mask for skin tightening. All you'll need is green cabbage, an egg and a little rice flour. Honey optional. Let it sit on for 20 minutes and poof, you're Irish....well, maybe not, but it's a great treatment for acne too.
Now, as far as my VIDEO, I COULD post the "House of Pain " song that mentions cabbage, but this Cabbage Patch Doll video won out. Considering that it's been said that red cabbage reduces plaques in the brain that can cause Alzheimer's disease, and prevent dementia, these are clearly the type of people who can benefit from MORE CABBAGE!
Shamrocks and Shenanigans To Everyone!
See You In The Cabbage Patch,
~The Anti-Aging Analyst