cabbageCabbage is a vegetable few people really appreciate. If not for the purpose of vegetable salad used in fried rice, I guess many Nigerians would not know what a cabbage is.
Do you know that Cabbage belongs to the super-foods that weight watchers eat to get maximum result in losing weight in limited time?
Cabbage belongs to the Brassica plant family vegetables which includes, broccoli, brussels sprout, Kale, and Cauliflower – These vegetables are not found in Nigeria.
Scientific studies have shown that cabbage is one vegetable that has the least of calories and very rich in fiber. These two qualities alone spells weight loss. Just eating cabbage alone in few days has been responsible for weight loss in less time compared to eating other vegetables.
So if you have all the fruits and vegetables in your fridge and Cabbage is not part of it, it’s not yet complete if you are a weight watcher.
Below are reasons why you should ENSURE that you eat Cabbage all the time.
  • Antioxidant Properties
Studies show that antioxidants reduces inflammation in the body, fights the growth of cancer cells, and boosts brain function. Cabbage is very rich with particular types of antioxidants that is responsible for preventing the above disease conditions.
  • Reduction of Cholesterol
Cabbage is one of the most effective vegetables that reduces cholesterol in the body. It does this by preventing Bile from absorbing fats in foods after meal, thereby reducing the over-all cholesterol build up in the body.
  • Stops Cancerous Growth
Cabbage contains an important compound called “glucosinolates” which have anti-cancer properties. Meaning that as long as you eat cabbage, this compound is released into the blood stream. As long as this compound exists from time to time in your body, cancer cells will NEVER find a favourable environment to grow and wreck havoc on the body.
  • Abundant Fiber Content
This is the weight watcher’s dream come true. Cabbage is very rich in fiber and easily fills one up when eating. The fiber content in Cabbage has been responsible in helping to cure stomach ulcer and adsorb toxins out of the body. It therefore plays the perfect role of a natural stomach cleanser.
In fact studies have shown that women who eat cabbage has a 45% lower risks of having a breast cancer compared to women who doesn’t eat cabbage at all.
While cabbage is good for health, it should be known that excessive amount of raw cabbage in the body is not healthy.
In other words, do not make eating cabbage your daily routine, adding it in every meal you eat. This is because, despite it’s healthy and nutritional advantages, cabbage is a “Goitrogen”. Meaning that excessive raw cabbage can lead to goiters.
Goiter is a condition where the thyroid gland becomes enlarged, due to either hormone imbalance or deficiency in Iodine.
When this happens, there is a swelling in the throat of the person suffering from Goitre.
A Cabbage heavy diet can contribute to the onset of goiter because cabbage inhibits the bodies ability to adsorb Iodine.
But not to worry, this condition rarely happens because the chance of excessive consumption of cabbage is rare.
As with everything, moderation should be the watch word.
Eat your cabbage at least 3 – 4 times per week to enjoy the health benefit of it.
Do you want to know about other SUPER FOODS that can help you lose weight in record time like the wonder vegetable Cabbage?
Do you know that The 4-Week Detox Diet has a list of all the vegetables that you need to eat in certain proportions to start seeing results in weight loss in record time