Cabbage is a strong and easy to grow vegetable. It inexpensive, and is found in almost all parts of the world.
Cabbage has been known throughout the ages, both for its nutritional values, and for its medicinal values. It has recently become recognized that it can reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer (such as colon cancer and breast cancer).
Cabbage is also used in the infamous “Cabbage Soup Diet” which has become a popular form of weight loss.
Following is a short listing of the nutritional facts of cabbage:
- Cabbage helps to promote weight loss in some people. This is because of its content of Vitamin C, which helps burn fat, as well as of Vitamin B, which increases metabolism and thereby helps the body burn off fat.
- If one is looking for ingredients of a low calorie diet, cabbage is at the top of the list. One cup of cabbage only holds about 15 calories. It is definitely a weight-loss food.
- Vitamin A Content: Cabbage is a source of Vitamin A which your body needs for healthy skin and eyes.
- Vitamin C Content: Due to its relatively high amount of Vitamin C, cabbage helps boost the Immune System, as well as assisting in removing toxins from the body, and playing a role in burning fat.
- Vitamin E Content: Vitamin E is known for keeping the skin healthy, as well as for assisting oxygen uptake of the blood cells. Having sufficient amounts of Vitamin E in one’s body helps to reduce acne.
- Vitamin B: An essential vitamin for your nervous system, also known to assist in reducing stress and in boosting metabolism. – Drinking juiced cabbage is known to assist in curing stomach and intestinal ulcers.
- Cabbage is even known to help keep your skin in a healthy condition, due to its vitamin E content. – It contains quantities of fiber and iron, which help to keep the digestive tract and colon in a healthy condition.
This is by no means a complete list of all the benefits of cabbage. It serves to give you a general outline.
In earlier times, the ashes of burnt cabbage leaves were a key ingredient in disinfectant ointments. These days, commercial disinfectants are widely available, so one need not go through motions of burning cabbage in order to disinfect a small cut.
The primary benefit of cabbage in modern times comes when it is simply made part of one’s diet. Special diets exist which are based on cabbage.
There are many different varieties of cabbage. Green Cabbage and Red Cabbage are the most common, and are the types we are most familiar with. Other types include Savoy Cabbage, Bok Choy cabbage, and Nappa cabbage (which are used in many Asian dishes, but are equally useful within other recipes).
Does this mean one should switch to a diet of eating only cabbage?
Of course not. There are many more vegetables with equally important nutritional ingredients. But it including cabbage in one’s diet on a regular basis can be beneficial health, weight loss, and well-being.