Health Benefits of Cabbage
Learn more about why cabbage is so healthy and get information on benefits including weight loss, inflammation and gut health.
Cabbage isn't always as popular as its cruciferous cousins kale and broccoli, but it should be. Cabbage is a rockstar vegetable: it's cheap, versatile and packs a seriously healthy punch. If you're trying to save money, cabbage is practically a steal at an average of $0.58 per pound for green cabbage (that's $0.25 per cup!). Here's more information on the health benefits of cabbage and why we love this super food vegetable.
Pictured recipe: Roasted Cabbage with Chive-Mustard Vinaigrette
1. Rich in nutrients
Cabbage delivers fiber and vitamins K and C, all for very few calories. 1 cup of chopped cabbage delivers 54% of the daily value for vitamin C and 2 grams of fiber for only 22 calories. Savoy and red cabbage also boast healthy amounts of beta carotene.
The vibrant purple hue of red cabbage comes from heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory phytochemicals called anthocyanins. Anthocyanins may also help reduce risk of Parkinson's disease and improve eyesight.
Learn more: How to Cook Cabbage So It's Delicious
3. Fights Cancer
Studies suggest that cabbage may help fight breast, lung, colon and other types of cancer. Cabbage contains potent anti-cancer compounds called isothiocyanates-chemicals that amp up the body's natural detoxification systems. Like all cruciferous vegetables, cabbage contains phytochemicals that can help remove cancerous compounds from the body, scavenge free radicals and increase programmed cell death of cancerous cells, among other functions. Since boiling strips away most of its phytonutrients, we like to sauté, steam and even roast it. Related:6 Cancer-Fighting Foods to Add to Your Diet
Pictured recipe: Sautéed Red Cabbage with Shallots & Hazelnuts
4. Weight loss
It's all in how you eat cabbage though. If you only eat cabbage doused in mayo-laden dressing as coleslaw it may not help with weight loss. Because it's not expensive and is very versatile it is a great vegetable to add to your diet if you're trying to lose weight.
Most of us don't eat enough vegetables and according to Harvard University research, vegetables are the number one food linked with weight loss. They're low in calories, packed with nutrition and high in fiber. Fiber helps keep us full, so meals leave us more satisfied. Plus, fiber helps us poop more regularly and is good for a healthy and happy gut.
5. Gut Health
Cabbage is often eaten in its fermented form, as kimchi or sauerkraut. Fermented foods are rich in probiotics, good bacteria that helps keep your gut healthy. Plus, the fiber in cabbage helps keep your digestive tract running smoothly.
Healthy Recipes with Cabbage
Try out some of these healthy recipes that include one of our favorite super food veggies in versatile and delicious ways. Quick Corned Beef CabbageRed Cabbage Salad with Blue Cheese & Maple-Glazed WalnutsMexican Cabbage SoupChicken Katsu with Creamy Slaw