The Surprising Benefits of Cabbage
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The Surprising Benefits of Cabbage

Por Gretel Morales - Enero 2022
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Cabbage belongs to the family of cruciferous vegetables, which have very few calories and multiple health benefits. This plant rich in fiber is a great option to prepare delicious soups, stews, and salads that you will surely love. Moreover, it is also a budget-friendly and yielding ingredient.

Is Cabbage Rich in Vitamins and Minerals?

Cabbage is, indeed, one of the best foods for your diet as it is full of vitamins and minerals like:
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin A
  • Folic acid
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
Therefore, it is a good idea to make a delicious cabbage soup or a carrot and cabbage salad to serve with your meals.

Which Are the Health Benefits of Cabbage?

Believe it or not, several scientific studies have shown that cabbage has multiple health benefits since it is good for the heart, helps improve digestion, could help prevent diabetes and cancer, and lowers cholesterol levels. Read on to find out more about why you should eat more cabbage.


Cabbage Improves Digestion

Thanks to its high fiber content, cabbage is the perfect option for people with constipation or for those who want to improve their digestion. Since this vegetable is rich in insoluble fiber, it helps increase the number of good bacteria in the intestines, which is good for the immune system.

Cabbage for the Heart

Red cabbage, also known as purple cabbage, is rich in a chemical called anthocyanin, hence its bright color. Most importantly, scientific research has shown that anthocyanin lowers the risk of heart disease.

In addition to this, everything suggests that eating foods rich in anthocyanin could help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of diseases in the heart’s main blood vessels.

Now you know, cabbage contains about 36 types of anthocyanins, which makes it the perfect food to take care of your heart.

Can Cabbage Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?

Although further research is required, a recently published study points out that a diet rich in cabbage may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. In this case, the participants ate significant amounts of vegetables, fish, apples, pears, oats, and rye bread.

Cabbage Is Rich in Vitamin C

As everyone knows, vitamin C is highly important for proper body functioning, making cabbage a good option. On one hand, vitamin C helps the body absorb iron and is needed for collagen production, which is essential for the skin, muscles, bones, and even the veins.

On the other hand, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which stresses the need to eat more food rich in this vitamin to fight the effects of free radicals. Remember that, when it comes to antioxidants, red cabbage contains 30% more than green cabbage.

Cabbage for Cholesterol

If you have high cholesterol levels, it is best to eat more vegetables and healthy foods since high cholesterol means a higher risk of heart disease.

In the case of cabbage, experts have found that it contains two substances that lower bad cholesterol levels.

Nowadays, high blood pressure affects a large part of the Mexican population, so people should change their diet to eat more healthy foods since high blood pressure implies a higher risk of heart disease and heart attacks.

Therefore, those with this disease should eat more foods rich in potassium that will help them control their blood pressure.

Cabbage is the best option for people with high blood pressure because it is packed with potassium and other nutrients.

Can Cabbage Fight Cancer?

In the last decades, several scientific studies have shown the importance of diet to fight cancer. It is worth mentioning that cabbage is rich in sulforaphane, a chemical compound that could help prevent cancer. Besides that, cruciferous vegetables have also been linked to a lower cancer risk.

According to recent research, sulforaphane could help fight skin cancer, prostate cancer, and pancreatic cancer.

Fun Facts About Cabbage

According to Mexico’s Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry (Sader), cabbage arrived on the American continent in 1541 thanks to a French man called Jacques Cartier.

Cabbage is rich in vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.

There is a wide variety of cabbage: Copenhagen Market, Superette, Emerald Cross, Royal Vantage, Red Rockie, and Sure Vantage, to mention some.

The Best Cabbage Recipes

Cabbage and Chickpea Soup

Chicken Breast-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Creamy Cucumber, Chayote, Cabbage, Ham, and Celery Salad

Chicken Cabbage Soup

Ground Beef-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls


Translated by Miranda Perea

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