Health Food Trends: Why are Cabbages Superfood?

Cabbages – Why are they a Superfood?

There is a running joke among dieters that the only things they could eat were celery and ice chips. That is because celery is the type of food that typically burns more calories than they add during digestion. But this isn’t the only food that can do that. Cabbages, for instance, are a type of food that naturally burns more calories than they add. But is that the only thing the cabbage has to offer? Let’s check out why cabbage can be an important asset to the daily diet, as well as its history and a couple of recipes for you to try.

cabbageCabbage History

The species of round cabbage that we know of today are part of the scientific genus Brassica. It is the same genus that contains broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collard greens, etc. There has been records of evidence pointing to the common ancestor of the cabbage being cultivated in ancient Mesopotamia. However, the features of the modern-day cabbage were first cultivated in England and France, at around the time of the rule of Charlemange in the Early Middle Ages.

The Anglo Saxons of Britain called this new strain of round ball cabbages caboches and it has since then been spread through different parts of the world through various trade routes.  In the 16 and 1700’s, German, Dutch, and Scandinavian sailors pickled their cabbage to preserve their nutrients and prevent scurvy. Cabbage seeds were planted by early American colonists in the mid-1500’s and also made their way to Australia in 1778. As of today, the modern cabbage can be found in most parts of the world.

Nutritional Benefits of Cabbage

So, just what makes cabbages popular enough for it to be spread all over the world like that? And just how could they prevent scurvy? Well, let’s look at the nutritional index of the cabbage. Red Cabbages have:

  • 79% Vitamin K
  • 69%Vitamin C
  • 20% Vitamin B6
  • 14%Fiber

And that is just the tip of the iceberg. Red cabbages have high antioxidant and anti-flammatory properties, which are great for the prevention of disease and inflamed joints.

But with all types of food, it is best to moderate your intake. Too much fiber can create blockages in your digestive system, making bowel movements difficult in bouts of constipation. They are also considered to be goitrogenic, a type of substance that could de-regulate thyroid hormone production and cause it to swell large enough to become a goiter.

Cabbage Recipes

 

Braised Red Cabbage With Apples

This recipe takes advantage of the natural sweetness found in red cabbages and pairs it with a just as sweet fruit.  Click on the photo below to find the recipe link.

 

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Southern Fried Cabbage

According to the original poster of this recipe:” This dish was always a favorite at Mammaw’s house. ” It is the most Southern recipe I have ever come across. Click on the photo below for the recipe.

cabbage recipe

 

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