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    Brianna Shaw, MSP
  • on Nov 01, 2019 |

Cabbage is a vegetable that comes in many varieties and provides unique health benefits and provides many beneficial nutrients. Cabbage can help support weight loss because of its high-water content and helps lower cholesterol. It is also a good source of fibre, antioxidants, and glucosinolates.

Red cabbage is full of an antioxidant called anthocyanins. Antioxidants can reduce inflammation, protect against cancers, and boost brain function. Raw cabbage is shown to help cure stomach ulcers. Cabbage contains sulphur-based compounds called glucosinolates which is involved with the process of inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. Cabbage prevents bile from absorbing fat after a meal, which lowers the overall amount of cholesterol in the body.

Many studies have suggested that eating vegetables like cabbage decreases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and overall mortality. It also helps improve skin, inceases energy levels, and an overall lower weight.

The high levels of polyphenol content that cabbage contains might reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by preventing platelet buildup and reducing blood pressure.

Popular way to consume cabbage is in a fermented form such as sauerkraut. Fermented foods may be one of the best things that you can consume for your immune and digestive system because the enzymes that are produced in fermentation make vitamins and minerals easier to absorb. The water and fibre in cabbage also helps to prevent constipation and maintain healthy digestion.

Common types of cabbage:


Spring Greens

Green cabbage

Red cabbage

White cabbage

If you are looking to improve your diet, vegetables like cabbage are a good place to start. With a half cup of cooked cabbage being less than 20 calories, it is worth making room for in any of your meals.