Cabbage may look a lot like lettuce, but it is actually part of the family of vegetables that includes broccoli, cauliflower and kale. Red, purple, white and green cabbage can be found in a variety of shapes and colors. The leaves can be crinkled or smooth and this vegetable is loaded with vitamins and minerals.
Healthline uncovers the health benefits of cabbage, which are all backed by science:
- Cabbage is packed with nutrients
- It may help keep inflammation in check
- Cabbage is packed with vitamin C
- It helps improve digestion
- May help keep your heart healthy
- May lower blood pressure
- Could help lower cholesterol levels
- Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin K
- It’s very easy to add to your diet
Although you get different nutrients if you cook or ferment cabbage, raw red cabbage in particular might give you the best nutrition value per serving. If you slice it very thin and leave it for about 10 minutes, you will help bring out the fullest, most complex flavors. Once chopped or sliced, add cabbage to salads or sandwiches or turn it into coleslaw.
If you would like another option for cabbage, try this delicious anti-inflammatory recipe for Cabbage Fried Rice. It’s delicious and healthy!
Cabbage Fried Rice
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 8 cups finely sliced green cabbage
- 1 cup carrots peeled and grated
- 1 cup finely diced onion
- 24 oz prepared cauliflower rice
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- ½ tsp each, salt and pepper or to taste
- Bragg Liquid Aminos to taste
- fresh herbs and sesame seeds for garnish optional
- Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add olive oil to the skillet and toss in the cabbage, carrots and onions.
- Saute the vegetables until the cabbage is wilted and starts to turn a little brown, about 7-10 minutes. Stir constantly so the vegetables don't scorch on the bottom of the pan.
- Lower the heat to medium-low and add the cauliflower rice, sesame oil, salt and pepper to the vegetable mixture. Saute until the cauliflower rice is warmed through.
- Add Bragg Liquid Aminos to taste and stir well until well combined.
- Garnish with fresh herbs and sesame seeds if desired.
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