This tasty Beef Cabbage Stirfry is a great way to love one of the most underrated superfoods… cabbage! Served over brown rice noodles, it’s a gluten-free, protein-packed meal. For a low carb or paleo option, leave out the noodles.
Health Benefits of Cabbage
- Cabbage is rich in glucosinolates, plant nutrients that the body converts into compounds called isothiocyanates and indoles. In cell and animal studies, these compounds caused cancer cells to die and prevented tumour cells from spreading to other parts of the body (metastasizing).
- Research in humans suggests that people who regularly eat cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage may have a lower risk of developing cancer. Having 5 servings per week of cruciferous vegetables has been linked to a lower risk of developing lung cancer. One serving of cruciferous vegetables is one cup raw or 1/2 cup cooked.
- Cabbage may be a secret weapon in helping prevent prostate cancer. In one study, men who ate 3 or more servings (1 cup raw or ½ cup cooked) of cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and kale a week had a 41% lower risk of prostate cancer compared to men who ate less than 1 serving of these vegetables a week. Red cabbage is rich in anthocyanins which help to lower inflammation, reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
- Including green vegetables such as cabbage in your diet can also help boost brain function. The powerful antioxidants in green vegetables may help preserve your memory and problem-solving skills as you age.
- Cabbage is an excellent source of folate and vitamin K. Folate plays a role in cell division and replication and is needed to prevent anemia. In the type of anemia caused by not getting enough folate, the red blood cells are too large and do not carry oxygen effectively. This can leave you feeling short of breath and fatigued. Vitamin K plays a role in wound healing, blood clotting, and bone health. Getting enough vitamin K may help reduce the risk of bone fractures.