Thursday, February 24, 2011

Healthy Mom Alert!

I have been trying to cook a lil' more on the healthy side lately, so I was researching different vegetables and came across this.

Reasons why cabbage is good for you
1.Cabbage belongs to the group of cruciferous vegetables. (Brassica family) These are rich in powerful phytochemicals called isothiocyanates which inhibit breast cancer in several ways. A case control study done in China and published in the journal ‘Cancer Research’ confirmed that women who eat more Brassica family vegetables have a much lower risk of breast cancer.

2.Cabbage is filled with antioxidant power. This enables our systems to fight free radicals and clear up toxins, including potential carcinogens. Just about one serving a day (1 cup=1serving) of either cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts or broccoli is enough to provide anti-cancer benefits.

3.The fiber in cabbage keeps your blood sugar levels from fluctuating and also regularises bowel movements. Some people experience bloating on eating vegetables like cabbage. This can be reduced by adding a pinch of asafoetida in curries or munching on fennel seeds / ajwain after such a meal.

4.Cabbage also offers protection against colon and lung cancer due to its isothiocyanate content.

5.Red cabbage has higher antioxidant levels than a green / white cabbage. A study published in the March 2006 issue of Food Science and Technology indicates that the anthocyanins in red cabbage can actually protect the brain cells from damage in conditions like Alzheimer’s disease.

6.Cabbage juice is documented to treat stomach ulcers when had in large quantities over a week. This effect is due to the glutamine content in cabbage. Glutamine heals the cells that line the stomach.


  1. Yummy! Best be eating your cabbage!I bet it probably wouldn't be too bad in a fruit smoothie...

  2. This is indeed valuable information for mothers to know. Thank you! I am certainly going to put those veggies on my menu more often now.
    (I've tried a few really good Brussel sprout recipes in the past year. Even John liked them.)

  3. oh i love cooked cabbage! dwayne taught me how to make corned beef with cabbage. you just steam the cabbage on the stove with onion, tomatoe and peppers. he made it several times before i would try it but now its one of my favorite dishes!

    pssst. you left out one not so amazing side affect..... lol