Cabbage Provides a Punch of Health Benefits

By Heide Kennedy, Arizona Farm Bureau Communications Intern

Kimchi, coleslaw, sauerkraut, stir-fry. What does each of these foods have in common? They’re all made with cabbage! While it’s not the most attractive vegetable, cabbage is a super versatile veggie that can be used in so many different dishes, and to make it even better, it has a surprisingly high number of health benefits. It is also a veggie that we produce a bunch of right here in Arizona! Here are some of the specific nutritional benefits of cabbage.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, a one-cup serving of cabbage provides you with 54% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C, 85% of the recommended daily value of vitamin K, more than 2 grams of fiber, and 1 gram of protein, along with other various vitamins and minerals.

Registered dietician Julia Zumpano says that due to the nutrient content of cabbage, this vegetable can have any of the following health benefits.

  • Maintains your strength
  • Improves your digestion
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Protects heart health
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Promotes healthy bones and blood clotting
  • Reduces cancer risk

With all those great health benefits and its versatility, cabbage is definitely a veggie to incorporate into your meals. For some recipe ideas, consider these recipes that use cabbage from Fill Your Plate!

Looking to find locally grown cabbage? Check out this farmer’s market locator from the Fill Your Plate website!

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