Health benefits of cabbage
#1: Cabbage is rich in vitamins
Firstly, cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables are good sources of vitamins, minerals, and other substances. Most importantly, they are packed with folate, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, folate, calcium, carotenoids, and flavonoids.
Generally speaking, raw or lightly cooked cabbage is healthier. Prolonged boiling or deep frying can reduce the amount of vitamins and nutrients, as well as the water content, of vegetables. Other cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, petchay (bok choi), and cauliflower. Red or purple cabbage has a slightly higher vitamin content than green cabbage.
#2: Cabbage has fiber that can help with digestion
Another one of the health benefits of cabbage is its fiber content. Fiber is important for healthy digestion and colon function. Fiber adds bulk to your stools and can ease constipation. However, one side effect some people experience is increased gassiness.
According to the Philippine Dietary Reference Intakes (PDRI) from the Department of Health (DOH), adults should eat 20 to 25 grams of fiber per day. School-aged children and teenagers need approximately 10 to 20 grams of fiber per day.
A 100-gram portion (approximately 1/4th wedge) of raw green cabbage contains 2.5 grams of dietary fiber. This means that cabbage covers 10 to 13% of your daily fiber needs with just a small serving.