You’ve got to love any recipe that contains inexpensive ingredients, is quick to make, and tastes like you spent hours on it. That is pretty much the food trifecta. This recipe fits the criteria for all three. Add in the fact that it is low carb and gluten free, and it’s like winning the food lottery. Cabbage has long since been a low carb staple. Here are some random facts about the worlds second most consumed vegetable. (The first being potatoes.)
1. Cabbage is one of the oldest vegetables, dating back to the 1600’s.
2. Cabbage is rich source of vitamins C, K, B6 and B9 and minerals such as manganese and calcium.
3. Cabbage contains quantities of fiber and iron, which help to keep the digestive tract and colon in a healthy condition.
4. Cabbage is available in many varieties: red or purple, green and Napa cabbage, usually found in Chinese cooking, bok choi and Brussel Sprouts.
5. Cabbage is: Low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol, High in Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Potassium, Manganese, Vitamin A, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Iron and Magnesium.
6. One cup of shredded raw cabbage contains 190% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C.
7. A thick-witted person may be called a cabbagehead. In Hebrew, the term “rosh kruv” (cabbagehead) implies stupidity.
8. Drinking juiced cabbage is known to assist in curing stomach and intestinal ulcers.
9. If one is looking for ingredients of a low calorie diet, cabbage is at the top of the list. One cup of cabbage only holds about 15 calories. It is definitely a weight-loss food.
10. Cultures in which cabbage is a staple food, such as in Poland and some parts of China, show a low incidence of breast cancer. Research suggests this is due to the protective effect of sulfur-containing compounds in cabbage.