Cabbage is often an underappreciated vegetable, but it’s truly a dieter’s friend. It’s strong-flavored, and may be prepared in a variety of ways, but the diet friendly feature adds extra points for adding this vegetable to your meal plan.
The leafy vegetable ranks right up there with broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts with a reputation for fighting cancer. It’s also a good source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and other nutrients. The big payoff with cabbage is that it has the fewest calories and the least fat of any vegetable. This powerful veggie is a must for dieters trying to lose weight.
Green cabbage provides a fiber boost and a good amount of vitamin C. Two types of cabbage, savoy and bok choy, provide beta-carotene and antioxidants that battle cancer and heart disease. For those who don’t eat dairy products, bok choy is an important source of calcium, which may help prevent osteoporosis and aid in controlling blood pressure.
The phytochemicals in cabbage are also being studied for their ability to convert estradiol, an estrogen like hormone that may play a role in the development of breast cancer, into a safer form of estrogen-powerful incentives to add cabbage to your diet.
Most of us do not get enough veggies. Variety is important because, without it, it is harder to get all the nutrients you need. My plate divides veggies into five groups: dark green, red and orange, beans and legumes, starches, and other, So grab some of each and try this: pick up mostly fresh vegetables that can be used in different forms throughout the week. For example broccoli at the beginning of the week is great raw with dip. Later on in the week steam some cabbage to serve as a side with your favorite meal. Also try unrolled cabbage casserole, or crisp tuna-cabbage salad. There are numerous ways you can enjoy cabbage as a side.
Information originally written by North Carolina Cooperative Extension.
For more information contact Lethia Lee, EFNEP Assistant with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at 910-592-7161.
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