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15 March 2010 :: 17:03:56 pm 15749

Health Benifits with Eating Cabbage

Following the cabbage soup diet, here are some health benefits of the cabbage. As we all know, there are many types of cabbage which is a leafy green vegetable, enriched with several vital nutrients like vitamins C, E,K, A, iron, folic acid, magnesium, sulfur, manganese and potassium, all accountable for their healing properties and is the most consumed vegetable in the world. It does not contain cholesterol and the harmful saturated fats and is very low in calories.
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The Cabbage comes from the family Brassicaceae with other important member such as Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli and Kale. Cabbage is one of the cheapest and most readily available vegetable, through out the world with the green cabbage being the most common.

Broccoli enhances the absorption of iron and has indoles ( crystalline alkaloid compound that is a decomposition product of proteins ) that help in the inactivation of harmful estrogen which promote the growth of tumors. Studies have proved that people who ate broccoli in abundance had less risk of a few types of cancers, such as the cervix, breast, colon, lungs, prostate, esophagus, bladder and larynx. Beta carotene is another cancer fighting agent found in broccoli. Including broccoli in you diet can help prevent the development of cataracts and ease the common cold symptoms.

The cabbage consists of superimposed layers of young leaves which is usually the size of a human head, but can vary. Cabbage leaves have been used for relieving inflammation with modern  studies  revealing its effectiveness in lowering the risk of several types of cancer including cancer of the colon and stomach. Cabbage has excellent detoxifying properties which purifies the blood by eliminating unwanted toxins. Fresh cabbage juice has also been found to be very effective for healing stomach or peptic ulcers due to the high sulfur content of cabbage, which is required by the body in order to fight infections.

Sulfoaphane is a chemical compound found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and Cabbages that is thought to function by stimulating the production of enzymes in the body detoxifying cancer causing substances, along with photonutrients in red cabbage that can protect the brain cells from free radical damages that cause aging. Other important health benefits of cabbage are providing relief from constipation, improving vision, lowering cholesterol, prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and inhibiting growth of tumours.

Vitamin K found in the cabbage is known for its role in the process of blood clotting with the most health benefits in weight loss. With so many health benefits, there is little doubt as to why this vegetable was termed the ‘drug of the poor’ in the middle ages. There are very few vegetables enriched with so many vital nutrients and health benefits.

This vegetable can be consumed in many ways, as in soups, salads, pickled, or baked. Whichever way you choose to prepare it, cabbage will help you lead a long and healthy life. There are several interesting cabbage recipes from around the world with almost every cuisine having a distinct cabbage recipe.  One of the most popular one is a cabbage roll, which consists of cooked cabbage leaves wrapped around various mouthwatering fillings made up of different ingredients. The cabbage rolls are a common dish found in the peasant cuisines of Europe and Western Asia. Below is an easy to follow recipe for Cabbage Rolls.

Balandėliai – Lithuanian Cabbage Rolls

Lithuania is a republic in North Eastern Europe on the Baltic Sea, which is home to the Balandėliai which is the Lithuanian name for cabbage rolls. Balandėliai is traditionally made with a filling that contains ground beef and cooked rice. Here is the recipe for making the perfect Balandėliai


Head Cabbage – 1

Cooked Rice – 1 cup

Ground Beef – 1 lb —can be substituted with pork or chicken.

Egg – 1

Finely Chopped Onion – 1 cup

Finely Chopped Celery – 1 cup

Finely Chopped Bell pepper – ½ cup

Tomato Puree – 1 cup

Beef Stock – 1 cup


-First of all mix the beef, rice and all the vegetables. Beat the egg and add it to the mixture. Make sure that all the ingredients get mixed thoroughly.

-Make small portions or dollops of this meat mixture, which you can transfer comfortably into the cabbage covers.

-For the covering, take the head cabbage and parboil it in salt water. Cook the leaves for a short time and drain the water.

-Allow the cabbage to cool after you have drained the water from it, and then slowly separate the cabbage leaves from the core.

-Now that the cabbage and the filling is ready, simply add dollops of the filling on cabbage leaves, fold the leaves and fasten with a toothpick. You can even tie the rolls with a thread if you don’t want to use toothpicks.

-Now place the rolls in the baking dish and pour the tomato puree and the beef stock on the rolls.

-Cover the baking dish with a foil and place it in the oven. Bake it for 15 minutes at 450 degrees. Now remove the foil of the baking dish and bake again for 25 – 30 minutes and serve the hot cabbage rolls.

Patty Brown

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