The Healing Benefits of Red Cabbage

We’re all about eating healthy and nutritious food, which is why we strive to include healthy fruits and vegetables in our weekly food boxes. One of this week’s staples is Red/Purple Cabbage. So before you take that next bite of that purple goodness, here are some of its nutritional benefits you should know:

Boosts your immune system

Red cabbage contains a bunch of vitamins, but none is as important as vitamin C. Its a crucial antioxidant needed to have a strong immune system. It stimulates the activity of white blood cells, which forms the first line of defence for your immune system. Vitamin C also plays an important part in the formation of collagen, which helps keep your body and cells connected and solid.

Prevents Cancer

One of the most beneficial functions of red cabbage is its role in cancer prevention. The vegetable has high levels of antioxidants that make it a super power against various diseases. The antioxidants in red cabbage are substances that can naturalise free radicals, which are the harmful byproducts of cellular metabolism. These free radicals are responsible for diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Red cabbage helps fights these diseases, making it a hero of vegetables.

Helps in Weight Loss

Stay true to your new years resolution of weight loss by adding red cabbage to your diet. Its low in calories, but high in dietary fibre, and vitamins and minerals. Because of this, it’ll leave you feeling full and stuffed with natural goodness, without encouraging you to eat more food or overeat from empty calories. Its a great addition to your diet, especially if you’re trying to lose that extra holiday weight, trying to maintain a diet regimen, or are wanting to improve your intake calories.

Anti-aging Properties

The antioxidants and high levels of vitamin A make the vegetable ideal in helping your skin look younger and tighter. It reduces wrinkles and age spots and is beneficial in regrowth of skin cells, protection from sun damage and increases the elasticity of your skin.

Eye Care

Red cabbage is also high in Vitamin A, making it not only good for your skin, but your eyes too. It helps in keeping your eyesight healthy, and prevents macular degeneration and cataract formation.

Now that you know all the goodness that’s stored in red cabbages, add a health boost to your diet by trying out this simple red cabbage & potato hash recipe for your next meal!

Red Cabbage & Potato Hash Recipe

Ingredients

  • 800g diced potato
  • 25g butter, plus more for grilling
  • 100g-300g Red Cabbage (Chopped)
  • fried eggs and leftover ham, to serve (optional)

Method

  • Boil potatoes until tender. Melt the butter in a shallow pan (ovenproof if you have it), then fry the red cabbage for a few mins to soften. Stir in the well-drained spuds with some seasoning, press down and carry on cooking to crisp the bottom and heat through.
  • If you like, dot the top with a bit more butter and grill to crisp it up.
  • Eat with fried eggs and slices of leftover ham (optional)