Cabbage (Brassica oleracea) is a vegetable that belongs to the Brassica or cruciferous family, which also includes broccoli, kale, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. This vegetable can grow in any type of soil but grows especially well in fertile soils- the more fertile soil, the faster the cabbage grows. Economical and versatile vegetable that is easy to find in any supermarket it gives you a huge nutritional value. This vegetable can be eaten cooked or raw, but it often added to soups or stews, In Germany, cabbage is pickle in vinegar and served as Sauerkraut.
Nutritional Value of Cabbage:
Apart from being used in variety of dishes. Provides many health benefits. In fact, cabbage is rich in various phytonutrients and vitamins like vitamin A C & K. These all are natural antioxidants, which help prevent cancer and heart diseases including free radicals. Also a good source of dietary fiber, providing nearly 15 percent of daily recommended dietary intake. Fiber is very important for ensuring the body’s digestive system is functioning at optimum level. Some positive health benefits are given below:
- Prevents Cancer Growth:
Cabbage contains several cancer fighting properties which may help trigger enzyme defenses and inhibit tumor growth. Study reveals that consumption of cruciferous vegetables was associated with a significant reduced breast cancer risk.
- Anti-inflammatory properties:
Cabbage is a good source of the amino acid glutamine and is believed to help those who are suffering from any type of inflammation.
- Boosts Immune System:
Due to its high amount of vitamin C, Helps strengthen the immune system and help the body fight against the free radicals.
- Skin care:
The antioxidants help protect the skin from free radical damage known to cause signs of aging.
- Relieve constipation:
The high fiber content helps protect the skin from free radical damage known to cause signs of aging.
The presence of potassium also makes it a wonderful way to protect you from elevated blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Potassium is a vasodilator, which means that it open up the blood vessels and eases the flow of blood, so it isn’t being forced in a stress-inducing way through constricted arteries and veins. Overall a great shield against many types of dangerous conditions!
- Weight loss:
Cabbage is a great diet choice for those who are looking for lose weight. One cup of cooked cabbage contains just only 33 calories. That’s why people who are on the cabbage soup diet can eat endless amount of soup without gaining weight, while staying healthy.
Soup Recipe for Weight loss:
- 5 Carrots, chopped
- 3 onions, chopped
- 2 (16 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, with liquid.
- 1 large head cabbage, chopped
- 1 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix
- 1 (15 ounce) can cut green beans, drained
- 2 quarts tomato juice
- 2 green bell pepper, diced
- 10 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 (14 ounce) can beef broth
Place carrots, onions, tomatoes, cabbage, green beans, peppers, and celery in a large pot. Add onion soup mix, tomato juice, beef broth and enough water to cover vegetables. Simmer until vegetables are tender.