Cabbage: What Is It Good For?

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Cabbage is one sophisticated vegetable. It’s used in many traditional recipes throughout the world and is a powerful source of nutrients. As part of the Brassica family, cabbage provides some of the same benefits as broccoli and cauliflower — but at a much more affordable price.

If you’ve yet to get yourself acquainted with this lovely veggie we call cabbage, you might reconsider once you realize all it has to offer, such as:

Fiber

Green, red, Savoy, and Chinese cabbage are all good sources of dietary fiber. One cup of chopped cabbage provides almost 10% of your daily value (%DV) of fiber—a key nutrient for overall health and regularity [1].

Antioxidants

Cabbage is chock-full of antioxidants to help protect your body from free radical damage.* A one cup serving provides almost half your %DV of vitamin C, in addition to polyphenols and carotenoids in some varieties [2].

Isothiocyanates

Brassica vegetables are recognized for their isothiocyanates, a.k.a. sulfur-based compounds that support overall good health.* By eating cabbage raw or lightly steamed, you can maximize the amount available in each serving.

Digestive Health

When cabbage is fermented into sauerkraut the traditional way, it becomes a source of the probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus plantarum, a delicious way to support normal intestinal health and discourage the growth of unwanted microorganisms.* In addition to eating sauerkraut, choose from Natural Factors line of probiotic supplements for added gastrointestinal support.*

Recipe: Roasted Cabbage

Don’t limit your meals — cabbage can be used for more than slaws and soups! A simple way to turn these coarse greens into a “melt in your mouth” entrée is by roasting them.

  • Slice half a head of green or white cabbage into triangular wedges (about 1 inch thick)
  • Place wedges on a baking sheet, baste both sides with olive oil
  • Roast for 10 minutes at 425 degrees F
  • Flip wedges and continue roasting for 10 more minutes, or until soft and slightly singed at the edges
  • Season with fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle with chopped walnuts and devour!

roasted cabbage

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

References:

[1] USDA. “Basic Report: 11109, Cabbage Raw.” National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 28. Web. 02 February 2016.

[2] USDA. “Basic Report: 11109, Cabbage Raw.” National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 28. Web. 02 February 2016.