The cabbage belongs to the cruciferous vegetable family, which includes kale, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, broccoli, collard greens, rutabaga and turnips. These nutrition powerhouses supply loads of nutrients for little calories.The cabbage is derived from a leafy wild mustard plant, native to the Mediterranean region.
It was known to the ancient Greeks and Romans; Cato the Elder praised this vegetable for its medicinal properties, declaring that "it is first of all the vegetables".
Phytonutrients work as antioxidants to disarm free radicals before they can damage DNA, cell membranes and fat-containing molecules such as cholesterol.
Cabbage (especially the purple variety) is a great source of these phytonutrients. Diets high in cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage, can be associated with lower incidence of a variety of cancers.
Cabbage also benefits the stomach and improves digestion. It is also used for treating constipation and wound healing. Cabbage juice can be used for treating stomach ulcers by drinking 1half cupful of cabbage juice two to three times daily between meals for 2 weeks.
Many of the healing properties of Cabbage comes for its abundant supply of sulfur. Cabbage also contains a high content of Vitamin C.
It is sometimes hard to know how to cook cabbage or what do do with it. Woolworths offers a recipe that can be made in minutes. We recommend you buy the rest of the ingredients from Woolworths too to make life that little bit easier.
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