#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!

Recipes:
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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