Colorful Side Dish with Impressive Health Benefits
Like the discarded bottle of “purple stuff” in the back of the refrigerator in the SunnyD commercial, I sometimes find a partial head of red cabbage hidden in the produce drawer. I add red cabbage to slaw and stir-fries because of its gorgeous color but forget about making straight-up cabbage. That is unfortunate because red cabbage has an impressive list of health benefits.
Health Benefits of Red Cabbage
1. Increases fiber in the diet.
2. Reduces caloric intake – one cup of cooked cabbage has 29 calories.
3. High in nutrients – Vitamin C, K, and B6 and potassium, folate, manganese, calcium, and magnesium
4. Boosts the immune system from powerful antioxidants in the vegetable
5. Fights disease through anthocyanins, the plant compound that gives red cabbage its color. Anthocyanins are a type of flavonoid, and studies show that they may play an essential role in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), cognitive decline, and cancer.
6. Slows down carbohydrate digestion from anthocyanins
7. Contains anti-inflammatory properties
This hardy vegetable is good for your budget because is inexpensive and has a long shelf life. It keeps 3+ weeks in the refrigerator – read up on Cabbage Using and Storing from – Cedar Circle Farm and Education Center. One cabbage head can be used in several recipes throughout the week. A small head of cabbage yields 8 cups sliced. If you have leftover cabbage, use it to add color and nutrition to a stir fry, coleslaw or salad.
How to CUt Red Cabbage
Use one small cabbage or 1/2 large cabbage.
Remove and discard outer layer and trim stem.
Quarter cabbage & remove the core.
Cut thin slices on the short side of the cabbage pieces.
Continue to slice all pieces.
Classic Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage with Apples
Take advantage of the nourishing attributes of cabbage by making this recipe. You not only receive the benefits of cabbage listed above but also sugar-free because it is sweetened with apples and raw honey. This makes the dish friendly with paleo, keto, and Specific Carbohydrate (SCD) diets. Red cabbage is NOT just for winter container gardens or to be used sparingly with other vegetables to add color. It is a tremendous stand-alone veggie that is both delicious and nutritious. For more information on the wholesome advantages of red cabbage and anthocyanins, check out this post on the verywellhealth website.