We live in an age where dietary advice can be more than a little confusing. One minute we are told that such and such a food is a must for dietary inclusion and the next minute we are being told of all the possible negative effects consuming it can have on our health.
It is good to know, amongst all the bewildering and conflicting information, that some foods manage to stay off the criminal list – enter the humble cabbage.
Let us find out if is cabbage is fattening or is it a healthy food to consume.
Cabbage is an extremely popular cultivator of the Brassica Oleracea species known more commonly as cruciferous vegetables. Vegetables of this species have many health benefits and although there is some suggestion that they may play a part in inhibiting healthy thyroid function this can be eliminated through cooking.
Health Benefits of Cabbage
Here are some of the many health benefits of eating cabbage.
1.) Source of Vitamin C
Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin C, an essential vitamin for healthy functioning of many internal bodily systems. It also provides, although in lower levels than vitamin C, the whole range of all the B vitamins.
2.) Source of Fiber
Cabbage like all other cruciferous vegetables also helps fulfill our necessary intake of dietary fiber.
Fiber is essential, not just for maintaining a healthy and efficient digestive system, but also for the part it plays in aiding our bodies to absorb essential nutrients.
3.) Cabbage Has Glutamine
Cabbage also has significant levels of a substance called glutamine, a type of amino acid which has quite powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Glutamine levels are particularly high in red cabbage.
For this reason cabbage has been used in natural remedies and traditional medicines for centuries.
Glutamine helps protect cells and prevents breakdown of muscles. It also improves protein metabolism making this an important amino acid for those trying to gain strong muscle.
4.) Cabbage Can Help in DNA Repair
The presence of the chemical indole-3-carbinol, a DNA repair booster, is yet another factor which earns cabbage its place in the good guys list.
Although there is as yet no conclusive evidence it would appear, from findings so far, that the substances found in cabbage may help to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. However, all indications suggest that only briefly cooked or raw cabbage retain these properties which are lost with prolonged cooking.
5.) Cabbage Can Heal Peptic Ulcers
Cabbage contains glucosinolates which help heal inflammation in the body.
The juice from cabbage has traditionally been advised for the treatment of peptic ulcers.
Research indicates that raw cabbage juice contains ‘antipeptic ulcer factor’ also known as Vitamin U, which explains why cabbage juice is effective against ulcers.
Is Cabbage Fattening?
Nutritionally, cabbage registers high on the beneficial foods list and then manages to ingratiate itself still further by being an excellent inclusion in any weight loss diet program.
100 grams of cabbage has only 24 calories and 0.1 grams of fat which will be good news for anyone calorie counting.
And as if all that wasn’t enough, cabbage also contains calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and zinc although admittedly in varying levels.
So, to sum up the virtues of the well loved cabbage –
Is cabbage good for you? Yes, very.
Is cabbage fattening? No, not in the least.
Is Raw Cabbage Good for You?
Yes, for its possible cancer inhibiting properties but as discussed, it is worth noting that eating raw cabbage may inhibit healthy thyroid function.
The good news is that studies suggest that a large amount of cabbage would have to be consumed in most cases for this negative effect to be triggered making cabbage a win-win food source.