Cabbage

A lot of people can be on the fence about cabbage. Sometimes it can be really strong in flavor, or too chewy if overcooked, or too bland if not seasoned well. But let me tell you, there are a TON of great reasons to love cabbage. Its great raw, shaved into salads or on BBQ Lentil sandwiches, its great chopped and throw into soups, and its great steamed all on its own for a short 2 minutes. But did you know it can also help lower your cholesterol, it has anti-cancer properties, it has a ton of Vitamin K helping fight Alzheimer's and dementia, and has a huge amount of Vitamin C.

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For starters, here's what a 1/2 cup of cooked cabbage contains:

  • 20 calories
  • 0 fat
  • 0 cholesterol
  • 5 grams of carbs
  • 2 grams of fiber (8% of daily intake)
  • 45% of your daily Vitamin C 
  • 102% (!) of your daily Vitamin K

That might not seem like a lot of anything, but there's more to cabbage than those simple things. Cabbage contains sinigrin - a glucosinolate (natural compounds that make up the vegetable) that converts into a compound that has cancer preventive properties including those of bladder, colon, and prostate cancer. Cabbage also has another compund called sulforaphane that also helps fight cancer. Sulforaphane has the power to inhibit the harmful enzyme histone deacetylase which progresses cancer cells.

Due to its high level of Vitamin C, cabbages are great antioxidants and also have great anti-inflammatory benefits. Its a simple little cruciferous vegetable, but it packs quite the nutritional punch!