Health Benefits of Cabbage: Why You Shouldn’t Let the Smell of Cabbage Keep You Away by Joy Stephenson-Laws JD
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.