Cabbage is better and more nutritious for you when eaten raw, as the cooking process removes many of the nutritional benefits.
When exposed to heat, many vegetables, including cabbage, destroys the enzymes that aid with proper nutrient absorption, and on the contrary, eating them raw can improve your digestion.
Raw, chopped cabbage is an excellent way of adding texture and crunch into salads or sandwiches, and I’d recommend you try it.
Just don’t go slathering it in loads of dressing or mayonnaise, or you may just offset the nutritional advantages!
Eating Cabbage Everyday
Cabbage is defined as a cruciferous vegetable and one that has been used in Asian medicines for centuries. It is also known as bok choy and is a member of the Brassica family.
Cabbage is rich in vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting and can help prevent internal bleeding. Eating cabbage also provides the body with vitamin C, folic acid (B-vitamin), manganese, and chromium.
Cabbage has been shown to provide protection against breast cancer in postmenopausal women as well as other forms of cancer such as prostate.
By eating cabbage regularly, you will load up on many of these essential nutrients; however, that said, consuming too much can have its disadvantages too.
Eating cabbage every day can also lead to indigestion and bloating.
It has been known that cruciferous vegetables will cause gas in some people, so you may end up farting more regularly!
If you have a medical condition such as heartburn or ulcer, eating cabbage may worsen your symptoms, too, so always seek proper medical advice before making any radical additions to your diet.
Cabbage Vitamins, Minerals, and Calories
- Potassium, folate, and vitamin K are all abundant in cabbage.
- Cabbage also contains calcium, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
- Cabbage is very much a low-calorie vegetable and averages around 22-24 calories per cup.
Cabbage Juice Benefits
You may have heard about the benefits of drinking cabbage juice, I know it’s certainly a radical idea, but cabbage juice is very rich in nutrients.
Cabbage juice has been known to provide relief for indigestion and inflammation of the stomach lining too, which can be caused by ulcers or heartburn.
It’s also good at regulating your digestive system.
So if you’re looking to improve your health and wellness through drinking cabbage juice, then I’d recommend not doing it every day but rather on some days of the week instead as too much of it could cause complications due to the presence of substances called goitrogens.
Goitrogens are known to interfere with the function of your thyroid by preventing it from absorbing important minerals such as iodine.
It’s also worth noting that cabbage juice might react negatively with a few medicines, so talk to your doctor before making any adjustments to your diet or taking other supplements or medications.
Eating cabbage at night, Is that Ok?
So we’ve covered some of the nutritional benefits of eating cabbage, including raw vs. cooked and cabbage juice.
But what about the time of day? Does it matter if you eat cabbage at night?
In short, no.
It doesn’t matter when you eat cabbage as long as it’s a healthy balanced diet and you’re getting the right mix of nutrients from other vegetables too.
The time of day isn’t going to make much difference in itself, but I wouldn’t recommend eating or drinking within an hour or two before bedtime if possible because you don’t want to be lying in bed with a full stomach.
It’s also worth being aware of the potential gas build-up that can result from eating cabbage, especially if you are not used to having it regularly and who wants to be farting in their sleep?
So to wrap up, you might be surprised to hear that id recommend eating cabbage raw as it is actually more nutritious, and you’ll really get the most from those many important nutrients.
I’m personally not a fan of cabbage juicing, but if you do, then try and avoid drinking the juice near bedtime; it may just help you avoid any stomach discomfort.
But overall, try and get some cabbage to your diet, and I also wouldn’t recommend it, or you’ll be tooting like crazy.
For me, to get all these benefits without sacrificing taste, try simply chopping up some raw cabbage for a salad or sandwich next time! Just make sure not to cover it in sugary or fat-laden dressing.
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