5 Great Reasons to Eat Cabbage

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Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup

Photo by: Antonis Achilleos

Antonis Achilleos

Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup

Cabbage is the iconic veggie of St. Patrick’s Day, to be savored and enjoyed — with or without corned beef. Here are five very good reasons to pick up a head (or two!).

1: Help Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

Cabbage is part of the cruciferous veggie family, along with Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and kale. According to a 2012 meta-analysis published in the International Journal of Urology, people who ate more vegetables from the cabbage family were found to have a lower risk of prostate cancer. Additional studies have also found that eating foods from the cruciferous group may reduce the risk of stomach, mouth, colorectal and pancreatic cancers.

Breaded Pork Chops with Warm Apple-Cabbage Slaw

Breaded Pork Chops with Warm Apple-Cabbage Slaw

2: Boost Your Vitamin C

One cup of chopped cabbage has over 50 percent of the daily recommended dose of this antioxidant, which may help decrease inflammation and prevent damage to the body’s cells. Vitamin C also plays a role in maintaining healthy hair, skin and nails.

Shaved Cabbage and Brussels Sprout Salad

Shaved Cabbage and Brussels Sprout Salad

3: Reduce Inflammation

Red cabbage contains powerful anthocyanins, antioxidants that are also found in berries, cherries and acai. Studies have found that anthocyanins may help reduce inflammation as well as keep the heart and brain in tip-top shape.

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A red cabbage slaw in a green bowl

©marcus nilsson, Food Stylist: Jamie Kimm Prop stylist: Robyn Glaser

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A red cabbage slaw in a green bowl

4: Get Your Fiber On

Most people don’t come close to getting the recommended 20 to 38 grams of fiber each day. Consuming enough fiber has plenty of benefits: It can help lower cholesterol, keep the digestive tract in working order and help keep hunger at bay. (One cup of shredded cabbage has 9 percent of the recommended daily amount of fiber.)

Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce

5: Eat Something Tasty!

Enjoy popular varieties of cabbage like green, red, Savoy and Napa — either raw, cooked or preserved (hello, sauerkraut!). With so many health benefits, plus a delicious natural flavor, cabbage is a superfood that merits a place in any healthy eating plan.

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Minestrone With Parmigiano-Reggiano

Photo by: Yunhee Kim

Yunhee Kim

Minestrone With Parmigiano-Reggiano

Cabbage Recipes to Try:

Savoy cabbage: Bobby Flay’s Minestrone

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. She is the author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day.

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