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Cabbage Grabs the Spotlight

by Sandy Todd Webster on Apr 27, 2013

Food for Thought

Kale may be the dark leafy green on the red carpet right now, but cabbage is a close relative that is stepping into a starring role on smart plates and in great recipes.

Part of the Brassicaceae family of vegetables which, in addition to kale, includes broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and collards, cabbage is one of the oldest known cultivated vegetables; more than 100 types are grown throughout the world, with the majority cultivated in China, India and Russia.

Cabbage is not just for cole slaw anymore (by the way, “cole”—from the German Kohl, for cabbage—refers to cole crop, the family of cruciferous vegetables to which cabbage belongs). Look for it as the main ingredient in trendy, handcrafted pickled and fermented products such as Korean kimchi and gourmet sauerkraut, for sale in local farmers’ markets. In this month’s Recipe for Health, cabbage literally holds the whole dish together as a delicious wrapper.

Facts:

  • Cabbage gives great nutritional bang and is very low in calories. A large, raw head of green cabbage contains just 312 calories.
  • This veggie packs some powerful phytochemicals. Research has shown that specific antioxidants in cabbage can protect against breast, colon and prostate cancers and can reduce LDL cholesterol.
  • A 1-cup helping of fresh chopped cabbage can provide 54% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C.
  • Cabbage is also a good source of thiamine, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate and manganese.

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Sandy Todd Webster

Sandy Todd Webster IDEA Author/Presenter

Sandy Todd Webster is Editor in Chief of IDEA's publications, including the award-winning IDEA FITNESS JOURNAL, the health and fitness industry's leading resource for fitness and wellness professionals worldwide. Sandy joined IDEA in 2001 as executive editor of IDEA PERSONAL TRAINER and IDEA FITNESS MANAGER magazines and was promoted to lead the editorial team in 2003. More than 20 years in magazine publishing, marketing communications and creative services have shaped her straightforward approach to multi-channel communication. Early experience in Los Angeles as a sports writer/reporter, and then enriching years as a managing editor in allied health care publishing have pulled her across a spectrum of stimulating subject matter. Fitness, health and nutrition reside at the perfect center of this content continuum, she feels. A Chicago native, Sandy grew up fully engaged in various competitive sports. Her drive and dedication as an athlete translate to a disciplined work ethic and unwavering appro