Health Benefits of Cabbage
When you think of nutritious vegetables, what comes to mind? Sprouts or spinach, perhaps crunchy carrots, or colorful bell peppers? While certain foods fall in and out of fashion, some of the healthiest options often get overlooked.
Cabbage, a member of the Brassica family of cruciferous vegetable, while used widely in cuisines throughout the world, doesn’t always receive the credit it deserves. Inexpensive, readily available, and packed with beneficial vitamins, minerals and compounds, cabbage is one of the unsung heroes of the produce aisle.
Read more about just a few of cabbage’s beneficial attributes below:
1. Promotes Healthy Weight Loss
Cabbage is a common suggestion for people looking for a healthy way to reduce their weight. In addition to being nutrient-rich, cabbage is extremely low in calories, with only 33 calories per cup of cooked cabbage. It is also quite filling and full of fiber, so those on a diet can enjoy as much cabbage as they like and feel satisfied afterward.
If you’re looking for a simple recipe to help promote weight loss, check out our cabbage soup recipe at the end of this post.
Cabbage, as well as the other members of the Brassica family, has a powerful antioxidant quality. This means that harmful free radicals are removed from the body. These free radicals are known to contribute to cancer as well as heart disease, and are detrimental to one’s overall health.
Cabbage also contains many anti-cancer compounds, including lupeol, sinigrin, and sulforaphane, which are known to stimulate enzyme activity and inhibit the growth of tumors, which can lead to cancer. One study, performed primarily on Chinese women, showed a significant reduction in breast cancer when cruciferous vegetables like cabbage were regularly added to their diet.
3. Healthy Bones, Brains, and Eyes
Cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables contain essential minerals calcium, magnesium and potassium that protect bones from degrading, as well as preventing osteoporosis and general bone weakening.
For a powerful brain boost, cabbage’s Vitamin K and anthocyanins promote improved mental function and concentration. Found primarily in red cabbage, Vitamin K is essential in the production of sphingolipids, the myelin sheath around around nerves. This myelin wrapping is what protects nerves from damage and decay. Therefore, consuming vitamin K can improve your defense against neural degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. The anthocyanins are a current area of research, but early indications point to them providing a more powerful source of antioxidants than vitamin-C. Again, red cabbage has even more types of anthocyanins than normal cabbage.
Have to be so Obese? I am so frustrated at myself. It’s 11pm and instead of going straight home after work and have dinner I’m at the gym. Yes, I know I am doing this for myself but from time to time I just want to freaking eat a nice hearty meal. Being on the train stop by yourself makes me think. Why did I ever let myself go like this. Time does catches up to you if you don’t eat right and make healthy choices. Having high blood pressure you never know when the bomb will go off !!! Scared sometimes of getting a heart attack. The beauty of it all is that most of the time no one knows I feel this way. I useto always complain to my wife and yes, I know it gets me no where. So now I stay positive and motivated and do my best. Damm it !!! Still angry, frustrated and very hungry. Had 2 yogurts, veggie soup, and 2 granola bars. I know I can up my calories but then it will take me linger to loose the weight. Is this just me or is this normal? Sometimes I ask myself, why blog? Because it feels like I’m talking to someone and I’m venting.
Good morning, just returned from the gym at 8:30 AM. Having breakfast before work. This is how I maintain my low calories today.
Breakfast : 2 slice whole wheat toast with a tablespoon of peanut butter on each slice. I cup black coffee with two splendas.
Lunch : Vegetable Soup with brown rice and a spinach salad with onions, carrots, cilantro, and tomatoes with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
Burn 223 calories this morning on the treadmill for 45 minutes.
Have a great day and always stay focused on your weight loss goal. I struggle every day but what matters to me is not giving up.