As soon as we say cabbage, there will be a very big nod coming from children, as this vegetable is disliked by majority of the kids. They will have various reasons to skip the meal if they come to know if this dish has been included in the meal. But, fortunately or unfortunately, this vegetable is found to have high nutritional value and numerous medicinal properties too. It has been told that Greeks used fresh white cabbage juice to treat soreness or infection in the eyes.
Cabbage belongs to the Cruciferae family of vegetables and has three major varieties, namely green, Savoy and red.
Normally as soon as we say "red" color vegetable/fruit, the first thing that comes to our mind is either apple or tomato. But after going through the article, now the priority will certainly change.
We all know that "red" color vegetables and fruits are rich in calcium.
Red Cabbage is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It is also a good source of thiamin, riboflavin, folate, calcium, iron, chlorine and magnesium, and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, potassium and manganese.
We will see some of the benefits of the "multi-tasker" red cabbage.
1. Red cabbage is rich in vitamin A, which is said to be very good for our eyes.
2. The vitamin B in red cabbage helps in sustaining veracity of nerve endings as well as boosting of energy metabolism.
3. Red cabbage has 5 times the value of vitamin C compared to its cousin counterpart green cabbage, an antioxidant, which enhances our immunity to fight against diseases, and also in maintaining healthy skin and connective tissues.
4. Red cabbage contain anthocyanin, a type of flavonoid that gives red cabbage its deep red-purple coloration, an antioxidant that can help protect brain cells, thus can help prevent Alzheimer's disease as well as protect against cancer and promote overall health.
5. In addition to this, the anthocyanin in red cabbage may also support weight loss by increasing production of two hormones namely fat burning adiponectin and appetite suppressing leptin, apart from filling us with fiber and water content.
6. Red cabbage contains more phytonutrients than green cabbage, which protects the body from free radicals that can damage the cell membranes. These nutrients detoxify pollutants and other carginogens that most people are exposed to on a daily basis.
7. It is also rich in insoluble fiber, which makes it a filling and satisfying side dish. Also the fiber helps to prevent constipation and reduce the risk of colon cancer.
8. It has a high cancer fighting chemical called glucosinolates, which plays an important role in prevention of many types of cancer, notably of the lungs, stomach and colon.
9. It also contains compounds like indoles, which may reduce the risk of breast cancer by altering estrogen metabolism.
10. Nutritive Values of red cabbage per 100 gm.
• Vitamin A: 80 I.U.
• Vitamin C: 50 mg.
• Calcium: 46 mg.
• Phosphorus: 31 mg.
• Potassium: 140 mg.
• Carbohydrates: 5.3 gm.
• Protein: 1.4 gm.
• Calories: 24
11. As the calorie content is very less, it is indeed a real diet food.
12. Studies are also being done on red cabbage on its role in treating peptic ulcers because of its high concentration of the amino acid glutamine.
13. It is also rich in iron and sulfur. So it is very effective in treating anemia. Sulfur content in fresh cabbage is very effective in treating fungus infection. Also it has been found out that this is effective in treating gastritis.
14. Red cabbage can also lower serum cholesterol.
15. As this is rich in iodine, it is really good for muscle building.
16. It also reduces headache to a certain extent.
17. In addition to this, the red cabbage acts as to disinfect colon as this contains lactic acid.
18. Red cabbage is also rich in vitamin D and so is helpful in maintaining skin vigor.
19. Red cabbage juice is mostly used to treat many of the diseases like asthma, lung problems, constipation, high blood pressure, thyroid regulation, bladder problems, colitis, hair loss, kidney related issues, skin problems, ulcers, and also an excellent source of rejuvenator.
20. Red cabbage also is an anti-inflammatory vegetable and also reduces the risk of cataracts formed in the eye.
Red cabbage is indeed very good for health and the nutrients are preserved if eaten raw and so are good in salads and is also pickled.
To retain its red color in when cooking red cabbage, it is better to cook it with vinegar, lemon juice, or another acidic ingredient, otherwise it will tend to change the color to blue.
CAUTIONS IN CONSUMING RED CABBAGE:
1. Since red cabbage contains magnesium, calcium, iron and sulfur, stomach might get bloated which leads to flatulence after eating cabbage.
2. Also eating too much cabbage will actually prevent the body assimilate iodine which is a bad thing.
3. As its is rich in sulfur, it can also cause people to experience some mild cramping in the intestines.
SOME IMPORTANT POINTS TO BE NOTED WHILE BUYING AND UTILIZING RED CABBAGE:
1. Red cabbage or any cabbage should be brought as a whole. Do not buy halved heads (cut) of cabbage even if it is well wrapped, because as soon as the leaves are cut, cabbage will loose its vitamin C.
2. It is always better to wash cabbage only when you are ready to use it.
3. There should be minimum amount of outer leaves and the cabbage should be heavy.
So let us enjoy the benefits of red cabbage by eating it in moderate quantities as this is one of the most nutritious and tastiest vegetable.
About the author: Bhavani Raman, a successful ex-student of Enoma, is working as a family and Juvenile counselor. She was also working as a medical transcriptionist and is also a pursuing a diploma on food and nutrition. She enjoys reading books, meditation, meeting people, spending time with her family and friends and also a Reiki practitioner.