How Healthy is Red Cabbage?
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
- Increases fiber to the diet
- Adds color to the plate
- Long shelf life
- Easy on the budget
- Reduces caloric intake – one cup raw has 17 calories; One cup of cooked cabbage has 29 calories
- High in nutrients – Vitamin C, K, and B6 and potassium, folate, manganese, calcium, and magnesium
- Boosts the immune system from powerful antioxidants in the vegetable
- 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.
- Slows down carbohydrate digestion from anthocyanins
- Contains anti-inflammatory properties
For more information on the health benefits of red cabbage and anthocyanins, check out this post on verywellhealth website.
Healthy Recipe for Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage with Apples
Let’s take advantage of the health benefits of cabbage by making this recipe. You not only receive the benefits of cabbage listed above but it is also sugar-free because it is sweetened with apples and raw honey. This makes the dish friendly with paleo, keto, and Specific Carbohydrates (SCD) diets. Red cabbage is NOT just for winter container gardens or to use sparingly with other vegetables to add color. It is a tremendous stand-alone veggie that is both delicious and nutritious.
Red cabbage lowers the risk of certain diseases, makes you skinnier, smarter, and richer. I don’t know about you, but that covers all my requests. This hardy vegetable is good for your budget because it has a long shelf life. It keeps 3+ weeks in the refrigerator – Cabbage Using and Storing – Cedar Circle Farm and Education Center.