For those looking to be as healthy as possible while still enjoying exciting foods that are packed with flavor, it may be time to take a second look at this leafy produce and the role it plays in the kitchen. Cabbage is a mainstay in the diets of many cultures ranging from Eastern European nations to Southeast Asian countries.
For those who do enjoy this vegetable, it may be pretty righteous to hear that cabbage is now often ranked as one of the healthiest vegetables that are currently available today, often when compared to broccoli and Brussels sprouts. For those in need of a boost in their vitamin intake, this vegetable boasts huge amounts of both Vitamins C and B. It is also an excellent source of glutamine and fiber and extremely low in calories and carbohydrates.
In addition to being packed with vitamins and minerals, those with a cabbage in their home will also love some of the emerging studies that are now finding that the veg may do much more than provide basic nutrition. Current studies show that an increase in cabbage consumption also coincides with a decrease in ailments and illnesses ranging from diabetes to cancer. While these studies are not completed, it does give cabbage-lovers a reason to be optimistic.
No matter how affordable and healthy cabbage may be, some households might still find it difficult to put it on the dinner plate. Fresh cabbage does have a distinct taste and texture, but turn over a new leaf(y vegetable) and give it a try as a template for any number of exciting flavors.
Shredded cabbage can be used to supplement salads or tossed with any number of meats and seasonings. Whole cabbage leaves are often used as a binding and sealing material, much like a healthier alternative to tortillas.
When passing the rows of fresh cabbage in the store, it may be time for cooks, food lovers, and health enthusiasts alike to take a second look at this crisp vegetable and find a place for it in their own diet.
For an easy cabbage recipe, try my Easy Coleslaw. It’s fantastically simple and a Your Lighter Side favorite. Also stay tuned for a casserole idea with fresh savoy leaves!
Also try my easy Italian Cabbage Rolls!