Traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish is actually a super-food

Guest post by Usha Ramaswami, Central Michigan University, Dietetic Intern

Cabbage, St. Patrick's Day SuperfoodMarch 17th of course is recognized as St. Patrick’s Day, an Irish religious and cultural day celebrated by wearing green and white.  A traditional celebration includes feasting on corned beef and cabbage.

But did you know that cabbage is actually a super-food?  While celebrating and enjoying festivities, fun and food, consider the nutritional benefits of cabbage as an excellent source of the following:

1 cup (70 grams)

  • Vitamin K – 66.5%
  • Vitamin C – 42.7%
  • Folate  – 7.5%
  • Fiber – 7%
  • Calories – 17

Health Benefits of the Super-food Cabbage

  • Cardiovascular support: May help lower cholesterol
  • Anti-inflammatory properties (omega-3)
  • Cancer protective phytonutrients specifically for bladder, colon and prostate
  • Digestive track support: 2g fiber per cup raw

Cabbage has a long history of use both as a food and a medicine. It was grown in Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations that held it in high regard as a general panacea capable of treating a host of health conditions. Early German settlers introduced cabbage and the traditional sauerkraut recipe to the United States.

With all these benefits, consider adding more cabbage to your diet year-round!  Here’s an Asian-inspired and tasty recipe for Gingered Cabbage that’s low in calories and packed with great nutritional value.

References:

1.WHFoods: Cabbage The World’s Healthiest Food http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=19

2. Cabbage Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabbage

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