Importance of well balance diet:

All food contains all of the nutrients we need to be healthy, it is necessary to eat various foods in sufficient amounts. A good diet will include many different foods, and sufficient in quantity and quality to meet an individual’s need for food energy and other micro nutrients.

By eating CABBAGE you will have the following benefits.

CABBAGE

Typical serving size:

½ cup, cooked (75 g), or 1 cup raw (89 g)

HOW IT HARMS

  • Bloating and flatulence
  • High in calories
  • Sulfites

    WHAT IT HEALS

  • Colon cancer Breast cancer Cancers of the uterus and ovaries Diabetes Obesity Cabbages are members of the cruciferous family of vegetables, a family associated with numerous

    Health Benefits


    Very low in calories (a cup of chopped raw green cabbage contains a meager 20 calories), the lowly cabbage is a rich source of vitamin C (with 33 mg per cup)
    Red cabbage contains almost twice as much vitamin C as the green cabbage, while the green variety contains twice as much folate as the red; both red and green cabbages contribute potassium and fiber
    Savoy cabbage is a good source of beta-carotene

    Health Benefits

    Helps prevent colon cancer
    People who eat large amounts of cabbage have low rates of colon cancer
    Cabbage contains bioflavonoids and other plant chemicals that inhibit tumor growth and protect cells against damage from free radicals
    Protects against breast cancer
    Cabbage contains sulphoraphane, which has potent anticancer properties
    One study found that women who ate the most cabbage and its cruciferous cousins, like broccoli and brussels sprouts, had a 45 percent lower breast cancer risk than women who ate the least
    Other chemicals in cabbage also speed up the body’s metabolism of estrogen, a hormone that, in high amounts, is associated with breast cancer
    Helps prevent cancers of the female reproductive system
    The chemicals that hasten estrogen metabolism may also protect against cancers of the uterus and ovaries
    Of particular interest is indole-3-carbinol, a component that in animal studies reduced the risk of cancer
    Helps protect against and manage diabetes
    Red cabbage is rich in natural pigments called anthocyanins, which new research suggests may help boost insulin production and lower blood sugar levels
    High in fiber and low in calories, cabbage is low-glycemic, especially when prepared with vinegar, which also helps manage diabetes
    May help you lose weight
    You can fill up on cabbage without adding many calories

    Health Risks

  • Bloating and flatulence
    Cabbage contains bacteria that live naturally in the intestinal tract and cause gas and bloating
    Avoid it if you have a gastrointestinal condition such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis and if it triggers inflammation

    Old School

    Cabbage juice is a miracle cure for ulcers

    New Wisdom

    There’s no proof that cabbage juice cures ulcers, but there’s no harm in it
    Some cabbage dishes can be high in calories or salt
    Be wary of store-prepared coleslaw, which can be soaked in mayonnaise and thus outweigh any nutritional benefits
    Rinse sauerkraut before heating to get rid of excess sodium
    When preparing coleslaw yourself, reduce calories by using low- fat yogurt, vinegar, and oil
    Certain preparations contain sulfites
  • Sulfites are often used to preserve cabbage color; asthma sufferers or anyone allergic to sulfites should check package labels

    Allergies

  • Sauté shredded cabbage and onion, then stir in broth and dill to make soup
  • Toss shredded red cabbage, carrot, and onion in Thai peanut sauce for a salad
  • Top tacos with slivered Napa cabbage instead of lettuce

    QUICK TIP:

    Cook it fast To minimize the odor that accompanies cooked cabbage, cook the cabbage quickly in an uncovered pan with as little water as possible
    Overcooking also destroys cabbage’s stores of vitamin C

    Buying Tip

  • Look for tight, heavy heads of cabbage that do not have any wilted leaves

    Storing Tips

  • Fresh, uncut heads of cabbage can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks when covered loosely with a plastic bag
  • Do not wash cabbage before storing; the excess water will encourage spoiling