It may not be the most attractive vegetable you may think while browsing the supermarket and may even pass it up for its trendy cousin, kale. However, therein lies its underdog quality. After in-depth research, cabbage has soon become a huge star thanks to gut-friendly dishes like kimchi and sauerkraut.
Helps Kickstart digestion and metabolism
Counted among the cruciferous family of vegetables, author of ‘Un-Junk Your Diet: How to Shop, Cook, and Eat to Fight Inflammation and Feel Better Forever’, Desiree Nielsen, RD, says, “Cabbage is the unsung sibling of kale. Sulfur-based molecules like glucosinolates are powerful anti-inflammatories that also help prevent cells against cancerous progression.” This also means that it is great to kickstart your digestion and metabolism. But, if soggy and overcooked cabbage comes to mind when you think of the last time you had a cabbage dish, get ready to change the way you prepare and cook it. One of the healthiest ways to prepare cabbage is to ferment it for a few days or weeks, sauerkraut style, and consume it with regular meals.
Promotes healthier bones and fight inflammation
You may have seen red or purple cabbage apart from the standard green and it’s known to be even more nutritious than its green sibling. But always make sure you pick cabbage that is tightly packed with fresh-looking crisp leaves. Some great ways to incorporate it into your cooking is to add it to stir fries or just saute it with some olive oil and spices. You can easily add it to salads too. Containing high amounts of Vitamin K which is vital for blood clotting, bone health, and working to fight inflammation in the body, it also has a good amount of vitamin C as long as it’s not overcooked.
Who knew that the humble cabbage was power packed with so many benefits for your health? Time to buy some, we think!
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