Spring Nutrition and Health Tips For Charlotte Seniors
Cabbage Benefits: Better Health, Weight Loss, Beautiful Skin
If you haven’t eaten cabbage in a while, we urge you to look again at this healthy, unsung hero of the vegetable world. Want beautiful skin, or to lose weight, or a great immune system? BrightStar Care of Boise recommends the following benefits of incorporating more cabbage into your seniors diet as suggested by Margeret Boyles writer for “The Old Farmers Market Founded in 1792,” and author of “The 5 Reasons to Eat More Cabbage”
If you answered yes to incorporating more cabbage into your seniors diets. Here are the top five reasons why you should incorporate more cabbage into your diet plans:
Cabbage offers huge health benefits that can not be ignored! Many health benefits are similar to broccoli (they’re in the same plant family). Cabbage is high in beta-carotene, vitamin C and fiber. (Vitamin C to reduce toxins which are the main causes of arthritis, gout, and skin diseases.) Also, cabbage may reduce the risk of some forms of cancer including colorectal cancers.
It’s cheap and widely available year-round. There are so many varieties of cabbage, too, including Green, Savoy, red, Napa, bok choy, and Brussels Sprouts (tiny cabbages!). It is possible to enjoy eating cabbage pretty much all year round. Although most any cabbage will work for any use, plant breeders have developed many varieties in many colors and textures. Some are sweet, mild, tender as lettuce; others rock hard and good for shredding or slicing crosswise into thick “steaks” for roasting.
Cabbage lasts longer in the fridge than most vegetables. If cabbage is properly stored, it can last from 3 weeks to up to 2 months in your refrigerator. In optimum root cellar conditions, it can even last longer. Store in a hydrator drawer if possible. Do not remove the outer leaves nor wash until ready to use. It’s versatile. If sliced it into soups and salads, shredded it into coleslaws, stir-fried it with onions and apples, fermented it into sauerkraut, stuffed whole cabbages or individual cabbage leaves, steamed it, boiled it, fried it, roasted it, and grilled it. I’ve even experimented with cabbage desserts, not always successfully!
Cabbage is even great for weight loss and beautiful skin! I’m sure you’ve heard of the cabbage diet (not that I would recommend it). There are only 33 calories in a cup of cooked cabbage, and it is low in fat and high in fiber. Cabbage also helps keep skin looking healthy, toned, blemish-free and glowing; it’s rich in antioxidants (including vitamin C and beta-carotene).There are many more benefits to cabbage. Definitely add this unsung hero to your grocery shopping list!
HOW TO BUY CABBAGE
In the grocery store, always look for cabbage heads that feel heavy for their size and, except for Napa cabbage, they have tightly packed leaves. The heads don’t need to be perfect; you can peel off and discard the outer leaves.
The most common cabbage is green, but red cabbage has become increasingly popular for color in salads and cooked dishes. There are also very pretty Savoy varieties with waves of blue-green leaves which are best raw in salads or in a slaw. Cooked Savoys do not have the strong sulfur odor of green cabbage.
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