#FoodFocus – The Cabbage Patch

Growing up, cabbage was either cabbage rolls or cole slaw.

My mom made cabbage rolls from time to time. She stuffed the leaves with a savoury ground beef mixture and cooked them in tomato sauce. They were delicious! On the other hand, cole slaw was a side I was first introduced to on those rare occasions we had take out (ie: fried chicken). I wasn’t very impressed and usually passed on it. Today, however, I am a huge fan of cabbage, especially Red Cabbage, also known as Purple Cabbage. The colour is gorgeous and by now everyone knows that a purple vegetable or fruit is super healthy!

I think cabbage is one of those vegetables that is taken for granted in terms of its nutritional value. There are several types of cabbage, with a some differences in taste and nutritional benefits amongst them (Health Benefits of Red Cabbage (vs White Cabbage), 2010-2016):

  • Red cabbage is higher in Vitamin C than Green cabbage
  • Green cabbage is higher in Vitamin K, one of the best vitamins for cardiovascular health
  • Red cabbage contains anthocyanins, the same super antioxidants found in red, purple and blue fruits and vegetables

(Please visit the websites cited on this page for more in-depth nutritional information.)

Some varieties of cabbage include:

  • Red or Purple
  • Green
  • Savoy
  • Bok Choy
  • Chinese Napa

If you love cabbage, you are probably a big fan of brussel sprouts and kale too! All are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

These nutrient-dense cruciferous vegetables are great for the heart and digestion, have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits and because of their nutritional components, are thought to aid in cancer prevention  (Cabbage – What’s New and Beneficial About Cabbage, 2001-2016).

Whether you prefer the crunchiness of Red or Green cabbage or the more delicate flavour of Savoy or Napa, know that adding cabbage to your diet is a healthy choice! It’s not only about rolls and slaw, cabbage is a very versatile vegetable. Try it in a salad, braised, sauteéd, in soups, even roasted in the oven or on the BBQ!

Apple Cabbage Salad
Open Faced Cabbage Roll
Penne with Bay Scallops and Greens
Italian Style Brussel Sprouts
Vegetable Savoy Cabbage Soup


Works Cited:

Health Benefits of Red Cabbage (vs White Cabbage). (2010-2016). Retrieved from Heal With Food: http://www.healwithfood.org/health-benefits/red-cabbage-vs-white.php

Cabbage – What’s New and Beneficial About Cabbage. (2001-2016). Retrieved from The World’s Healthiest Foods: http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=19


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