Cabbage Health Benefits, Nutrition and Vegetable Facts

Health Benefits of Eating Cabbage

  • The phytochemicals present in cabbage, known as indoles, are able to convert estradiol, a hormone that is believed to cause breast cancer, into a less dangerous kind of estrogen.
  • Cabbage contains high fiber. The presence of fiber is an excellent remedy for constipation and other related conditions.
  • Eating plenty of cabbage soup with other low-calorie diets for a whole week and you should find that this cabbage soup diet helps in speedy weight loss and proper fitness.
  • Fresh raw cabbage juice is proven to cure stomach ulcer. Raw cabbage promotes digestion and improves the body’s immune system. The vegetable contains antiviral and antibacterial properties and help improve skin and ulcer problems.
  • Cabbage contains a good amount of sulfur and iron. Sulfur helps cure infections in wounds, while iron is an essential for those with anemia.
  • This vegetable is a wonderful detoxifier too, as it cleanses blood and gets rid of harmful toxins such as uric acid and free radicals.
  • Cabbage has sulforaphane, a compound that promotes the production of detoxifying and antioxidant enzymes. Sulforaphane functions by activating the creation of glutathione, an internally created antioxidant that is important in liver detoxification.
  • Red cabbage generally contains more phytonutrients and also with about 6-8 times higher vitamin C content than the green cabbage.
  • Also, red cabbage is rich in anthocyanin, an antioxidant that is useful to protect cognitive abilities, thus help prevent Alzheimer's disease. 

Overview and Facts about Cabbage

Fresh Raw Green and Red Cabbage, Whole and Sliced

Cabbage (scientific name Brassica oleracea var. capitata) is a well-known vegetable that is closely related to the turnip and mustard greens family. There are two main varieties: early cabbage and late cabbage.

When eaten raw, cabbage is sweet and crunchy. The green and red cabbages are aesthetically attractive, and when making salads with both types, they are certainly eye appealing. A typical use of raw cabbage is to make coleslaw, which mixes thin cabbage slices, grated carrot, mayonnaise with apple cider vinegar. 

Cabbage Nutrition Facts and Calories

Nutrition Value of 1 cup (89 g) Raw Chopped Cabbage
Calories 22 kcal
Total Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 16 mg
Total Carbohydrates 5 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugars 3 g
Protein 1 g


Cabbage Recipe

Low-Fat Chicken Cabbage Soup Recipe
Serve: 4


15 cup yellow bell pepper, chopped 240 ml chicken broth
1 cup cabbage, shredded 240 ml tomato juice
1 cup carrot, grated 1 tablespoon dried basil
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 10 teaspoons dried oregano
425 g green beans 10 teaspoons Italian style seasoning
10 onions, chopped 1 cup chicken, cooked and cubed
5 potatoes, peeled and cubed Salt and pepper

In a large pot, combine the bell pepper, cabbage, carrots, garlic, green beans, onion, potatoes, chicken broth, tomato juice, basil, oregano and Italian-style seasoning, and cook over high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to low heat and let simmer for 50 minutes. Make sure all the vegetables become tender. Put in the chicken and continue to simmer for another 15 minutes. Season well with salt and pepper and serve. 

Cabbage Side Effects

Cabbage should be safe when taken orally in medicinal doses for most people. There is not much research about potential adverse effects of vegetable.

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