When we are thinking about planning meals that offer nutritional value we often forget about cabbage.
Cabbage is available in many colors; white, purple, red and green. The leaves are either crinkled or smooth. Cabbage can be prepared in several ways and is healthy served both hot and cold. Coleslaw is a great way to eat raw cabbage. Make your own healthy slaw using shredded cabbage, carrots and balsamic vinegar dressing. Or serve hot as a side dish with your entrée. Go to www.healthbygini/book for some great recipes! The following are important health benefits of cabbage:
- Packed with vitamin C. A powerful antioxidant that may protect against heart disease and certain cancers. Half a cup of cooked cabbagehas about a third of the vitamin C you need for the day
- Rich in vitamin B6 and folate. both of which are essential for many important processes in the body, including energy metabolism and the normal functioning of the nervous system.
3.High in fiber. Fiber has many health benefits. It can reduce constipation, help you to maintain a healthy weight and lower your risk of diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer.
- Contains powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against free radicals, which may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food or when you’re exposed to tobacco smoke or radiation.
Antioxidants protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that have an odd number of electrons, making them unstable. When their levels become too high, they can damage your cells.