Health Benefits of Cabbage: Don't Let the Smell Keep You Away by Joy Stephenson-Laws JD

2 years ago
Health Benefits of Cabbage: Don't Let the Smell Keep You Away

Some people may not like to cook cabbage because of the unpleasant smell. The smell is pretty strong and gets stronger the longer you cook it. However, the benefits outweigh the smell. Here are a few of the benefits:

  • Sauerkraut and kimchi are fermented cabbage. They are rich in flavor and super rich in probiotics, which are great for gut health.
  • Cabbage is also rich in water and fiber, which may help prevent constipation and help you overall maintain a healthy digestive tract.
  • The high water and fiber content in cabbage may make you feel fuller longer and help with weight management.
  • Cabbage is also a low glycemic index (GI) food. Foods with a high GI raise blood glucose, while low GI foods help maintain and lower blood glucose. 

And that smell? That is due to the sulphur present in cabbage. The more you cook it, the stronger the smell of sulphur. It has been suggested that you put a slice of bread or lemon juice in the water you are using to cook the cabbage in order to limit the odor. You may want to open the windows in your kitchen and the rest of your home when cooking this vegetable. 

Clearly, despite the smell, the benefits and taste of cabbage are well worth it.

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Donna John
Cabbage is one of my favorites, Joy Stephenson-Laws JD . And the smell does not bother me at all. Good to know it's also really good for me!
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
I grew up with cabbage because of my grandmother from the "old country." She made cabbage rolls with sauerkraut, so good. Thank you for sharing this great info, Joy Stephenson-Laws JD !
Meredith Schneider
Mmmm Joy Stephenson-Laws JD ! I love cabbage. Thanks for reminding us how healthy it is for us. Oh Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds , my grandmother from Pennsylvania made cabbage rolls too! So delicious and perfect for dinner on cold days.
Donna John
I just read in my latest issue of Food & Wine magazine that cabbage is the latest trending vegetable for chefs. I grew up eating cabbage, so this is great news to me. Joy Stephenson-Laws JD Will have to try some new cabbage recipes.
Joy Stephenson-Laws JD
Yeah - I grew up eating it too but had no clue when I was younger about all the nutrients. So once I found out, iI made more effort to include it in my diet at least a couple times each month.

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