Cabbage proves to be an extremely beneficial vegetable, but it’s often ignored. There are many reasons why it must be added to your meals on a regular basis, and here we are going to take a closer look at this marvelous yet forgotten vegetable.
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There’s one more thing that hinders our healthy eating: the overwhelming majority of people prefer to choose French fries and hamburgers instead of cabbage, salads and other healthy food, but researchers seem to have figured out that you can train your brain to prefer veggies, not pastry – and here is how.
Cabbage has such an amazing amount of advantages that it is a crime not to use it! First, it is affordable. Healthy eating does not necessarily mean spending a fortune on expensive nuts and rare fruits. Common cabbage is always there to offer you its treasury of nutrients. Second, cabbage is versatile and diverse. There are Brussels sprouts, kale, radishes, broccoli, etc. – with such a great variety, you are not going to get bored. Cooking with cabbage is fun, because the number of recipes featuring such veggies is enormous. Besides, it can even be of different colors, such as green, red, and violet, so your meals will get both healthier and more beautiful. The third and most important reason is its nutritional value and health benefits.
- Cabbage is really a low-calorie kind of food. One cup of raw green cabbage adds just 24 calories to your daily intake, so it is a perfect vegetable for those who want to get rid of the extra fat deposits you may have.
- Cabbage is full of nutrients: vitamin K, vitamin C, fiber, vitamin A, and more. It must be noted, though, that red cabbage is ten times higher in vitamin A than green cabbage. As to the rest of the nutrients, the content is quite similar.
- Cabbage contains glucosinolates, which can help fight cancer: one of the studies showed that this compound can kill cancer cells and help prevent their further spreading, or metastasis.
- Another disease-fighting chemical found in cabbage is polyphenols: red cabbage contains anthocyanins, which may help reduce inflammation that is associated with a variety of health conditions. Anthocyanins are potent antioxidants, so red cabbage can be a nice substitution for concord grapes and blueberries, which are way more expensive. Cabbage is an extremely affordable source of nutrients.
Despite its obvious benefits, cabbage intake must not be unlimited. First, cabbage may cause diarrhea, flatulence and hypothyroidism. Bloating is also possible, so consume reasonable amounts of cabbage: it’s not a good idea to make your diet comprise of cabbage only.
Besides, cabbage contains a lot of vitamin K, which should be limited in the case of those who use warfarin and other blood-thinning medications. 2 cups of cabbage will be enough to provide your body with vitamin K without interfering with medications.
Train Your Brain
Ok, cabbage is fine. But what if you can’t help craving that cake your friend is eating? Studies show that you can redesign the way your brain wants food. As researchers explain, we want food that releases dopamine which makes us feel happy. Most unhealthy food does so, making us choose cakes instead of apples. Yet it seems that you can train your brain to associate eating healthy food with being in a good mood: by changing your surrounding and emotions, you start preferring salads and other healthy food. Surprisingly, the study participants even felt less pleasure when eating unhealthy food after having ‘rewired’ their brains.
Eating cabbage is not just beneficial – it can also feel so natural and easy!