Vegetables and Vegetables

10 Impressive Health Benefits of Cabbage, According to Nutritionists

The cabbage ( Brassica oleracea ) is a vegetable that has its origins in the Mediterranean, is known to mankind for more than 5000 years. Consumption is quite old, as it comes from the time of Ancient Egypt and Greece, where it was considered a delicacy.

This vegetable has a greater amount of vitamin C than oranges, which are considered by most people as the food with the highest amount of this important vitamin.

It is a vegetable used both in raw and cooked form, in the preparation of soups, jams, side dishes, sauteed, among others. It has a round or oval shape, its inner leaves are green or whitish, presenting a smooth texture.

The outer leaves, on the other hand, have a darker green hue and harder texture. The edible part of the cabbage is located inside, which is popularly known as the “head”.

It has a short branch and does not have branches, reaching between 30 to 40 cm in height. Its flowers are small and yellow in color. The varieties of cabbage found are purple, white or green cabbage, the latter being the most popular in Brazil.

White cabbage acts as a blood cleanser, in addition to stimulating digestion, minimizing fatigue and fighting tuberculosis. To better enjoy the benefits, the ideal is that it be consumed raw and well chewed.

Despite being less nutritious and more consumed than broccoli and cauliflower, the properties of cabbage are very significant for maintaining health. It contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, beta-carotene, potassium, niacin folate, thiamine and ascorbic acid.

cabbage
cabbage

 BENEFITS

It slims down and has a multitude of benefits when consumed regularly. It helps to increase the resistance of tissues and blood vessels, in addition to fighting bleeding infections and anemia.

Its harm is not easily found. Learn more about the benefits of this vegetable.

1. Take care of intestinal health

The reason why it is important for maintaining the health of the intestine is the amount of fiber it has in its composition. Fiber lowers cholesterol and makes the intestines work more correctly. In addition, it contains glucosinolates, substances that, according to studies, help to prevent bowel cancer.

2.Contributes to digestive health

In addition to the presence of fiber, cabbage also contains other nutrients that favor the maintenance of digestive health. The consumption of this vegetable causes the bacteria present in the intestine to remain in an adequate amount, helping to maintain the bacteria that are beneficial for the stomach.

3.Prevents against cancer

Because it is a cruciferous vegetable, cabbage helps to eliminate free radicals from the body, components that contribute to the emergence of cancer and other diseases. Studies carried out with this vegetable revealed that its consumption helped to significantly reduce breast cancer.

It also contains sulforaphane and luperol in its composition, which consist of substances that stimulate the action of enzymes that, as a consequence, inhibit the growth of tumors.

4. It has anti-inflammatory action

Cabbage has glutamine in its leaves, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory. For this reason, the consumption of cabbage helps to reduce inflammation, allergies, irritation, fever and other types of problems. In addition, it has beta carotene, which has action against the emergence of prostate cancer.

5.Help with weight loss

It is low in calories, equivalent to 33 per cup of cooked vegetable, it helps to inhibit weight gain. It’s also rich in fiber, which helps keep you feeling full for longer.

This makes the consumption recommendation to help weight loss a good option, as it is also rich in nutrients.

6.Contributions to eye health

Because it is a vegetable that has large amounts of beta-carotene, cabbage helps maintain eye health. This is because this compound is responsible for preventing macular degeneration and preventing cataracts.

Vitamin A also contributes to this, not to mention that, when consuming it, hair benefits are also noticed because of this vitamin.

7. Keep your brain healthy

Eating it regularly provides the brain with a high amount of vitamin K and anthocyanins. The presence of these components makes the mental function benefit.

The reason is because vitamin K protects the nerves in the brain from degeneration. Because of this, cabbage is a food that helps protect the brain from Alzheimer’s and also from dementia.

In addition, it contains a good amount of iodine, which is a component that helps to keep the nervous system healthier. Remember that the benefits of red cabbage in this regard are greater than regular cabbage, as it has a greater amount of anthocyanins.

8.Helps to detoxify the body

Because it has an antioxidant action, this vegetable helps in the removal of toxins present in the body, such as uric acid and free radicals. As a result, it reduces the risks of developing kidney stones, arthritis, rheumatism and skin disease.

9.Prevents premature aging

Because it is a food rich in antioxidants, its acts as an aging retarder. That’s because it helps in the elimination of free radicals, which are substances that contribute to the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes on the skin. Therefore, when consuming the cabbage, the skin becomes more toned and healthier.

10.Protects against osteoporosis

Its, being a cruciferous vegetable, contains minerals that protect against bone degradation, such as calcium, potassium and magnesium. This makes the emergence of diseases such as osteoporosis and also the weakening of bones in general to be avoided.

HOW TO PLANT CABBAGE

There are people who think “I want to know about cabbage in relation to planting” and even imagine that it is not a simple task. However, planting cabbage is nothing complicated.

The soil needs to be fertile and permeable, in addition to having a sunny location. The earth should be turned over deeply and it is ideal to add manure from a well-tanned corral. The recommended spacing is 80 cm to 1 meter between rows and 40 to 50 cm between seedlings.

Harvesting takes place between 3 to 5 months after sowing. Before removing the cabbage from the soil, make sure the head has a firm consistency. The harvest point is when the leaves close to the stem begin to curl.

The pests that can attack cabbage are aphids, beetles, caterpillars and leafhoppers and the best way to eliminate these pests in home crops is to pick up the insects.

CABBAGE: RECIPES

Learn below how to make some varied recipes that use cabbage.

COLESLAW WITH PINEAPPLE

Ingredients

  • 500 g of cabbage
  • 200 g of ripe pineapple
  • 50 g of mayonnaise
  • 70 g of sour cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon of vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon of mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 puff of salt

Preparation mode

  1. Cut the cabbage into very thin slices and wash thoroughly. Cut the pineapple into small pieces and mix with the cabbage.
  2. Add mayonnaise, mustard, sugar, cream and salt.
  3. Mix the ingredients well, until combined with the cabbage and pineapple.
  4. Put it in the fridge and let it cool.
  5. Before serving the salad, stir again.

CABBAGE SOUFFLE

Ingredients

  • 1 small cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons of margarine
  • 3 tablespoons of wheat flour
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 500 ml of milk
  • 2 eggs (2 yolks and 2 whites)
  • Shall
  • White pepper
  • Nutmeg

Preparation mode

  1. Put the cabbage to cook in a pan, then chop into very thin slices. Leave it reserved.
  2. Melt the margarine in a pan and add the onion to cook. Add garlic and sauté some more.
  3. Then add the wheat flour and mix the ingredients well.
  4. In a container, place cold milk and egg yolks, mixing well. Add this mixture to the pan and stir until a smooth, creamy mixture is formed.
  5. Add the grated cheese, nutmeg and pepper. Mix again and let it cool a little.
  6. Beat the egg whites and set aside.
  7. In a bowl, place the cabbage and mix with the white sauce.
  8. Add the egg whites and stir gently. Butter a baking dish and add this mixture.
  9. Sprinkle with grated cheese and bake over a preheated fire, until golden. Serves right away.

CABBAGE JUICE

Ingredients

  • 3 cabbage leaves
  • 1 and 1/2 liter of filtered water
  • Sweetener to taste

preparation mode   

  1. After washing the cabbage leaves well, mix them in a blender with half a liter of water. Then strain and leave it aside.
  2. Add the ice sweetener and it’s ready to drink.
  3. If desired, add carrots, lemon or orange juice to make the flavor more pleasant.

 

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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