Cabbage – The Health Benefits Of Red And Green Cabbage

Cabbage - The Health Benifits Of Red And Green Cabbage

Cabbage – All Cabbage Is Excellent But Red Cabbage Is Marvelous

Cabbage - The Health Benifits Of Red And Green Cabbage

Cabbage is a member of the food family traditionally known as cruciferous vegetables and is related to kale, broccoli, collards and Brussels sprouts.

All cruciferous vegetables provide integrated nourishment across a wide variety of nutritional categories and provide broad support across a wide variety of body systems as well.

At a minimum, try to include cruciferous vegetables as part of your diet 2-3 times per week, and make the serving size at least 1-1/2 cups.

Robust, abundant, and inexpensive, cabbage is a longstanding dietary staple throughout the world and is so widely cultivated and stores so well that it is available throughout the year.

However, it is at its best during the late fall and winter months when it it’s in season.

Some Popular Types Of Cabbage

Because cabbage’s inner leaves are protected from the sunlight by the surrounding leaves, they are oftentimes lighter in color.

There are three major types of cabbage: green, red, and Savoy.

The color of green cabbage ranges from pale to dark green and both green and red cabbage have smooth-textured leaves.

Red cabbage has leaves that are either crimson or purple with white veins running through it.

Red cabbage contains additional health benefits not found in green cabbage.

The leaves of Savoy cabbage are more ruffled and yellowish-green in color.

Red and green cabbage have a more defined taste and crunchy texture as compared to Savoy cabbage’s more delicate nature.

Bok choy as well as Chinese (Napa) cabbage are other varieties of cabbage available.

Bok choy has a mild flavor and a higher concentration of vitamin A.

Chinese cabbage, with its pale green ruffled leaves, is great to use in salads.

The Healthiest Way To Cook Cabbage

Traditional methods of steaming or boiling make cabbage watery.

To retain the maximum number of nutrients and flavor I’d recommend sautéeing.

Slice cabbage into .6 cm / 1/4-inch slices and let it sit for five minutes to enhance its health-promoting benefits before cooking it in olive oil over medium heat for around 10-15 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste.

What Are the Health Benefits of Red Cabbage Vs. Green Cabbage?

No matter which color you choose, you can’t go wrong because they’re both very low in calories and high in fiber and nutrients.

Eating just one cup of either one provides four percent of the recommended daily intake of eight different vitamins and minerals.

But there are some differences between the two, especially when it comes to vitamin A.

Vitamin A

Red cabbage has ten times more vitamin A than the green variety and one cup of chopped red cabbage has 33 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A.

The same portion of green cabbage only has 3 percent.

Vitamin K

Green cabbage has the upper hand when it comes to vitamin K, but they’re both good sources.

One cup of chopped green cabbage has 57 percent of the daily intake, compared to 28 percent in red cabbage.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C’s value as an antioxidant comes from its strong ability to neutralize a variety of free radicals, but if you want the maximum benefit, you need to consume the recommended daily amount.

Adult men need 90 milligrams daily and women need 75 milligrams.

Smokers should add another 35 milligrams and pregnant women need 85 milligrams daily.

Vitamin C is also needed for the production of collagen, which strengthens skin and helps heal wounds. One cup of chopped red cabbage has 51 milligrams and the same amount of green cabbage has 37 milligrams.

Red cabbage has almost twice the amount of Vitamin C as most other cabbages and even more than oranges.

Iron

In addition to delivering oxygen to cells throughout your body, iron is part of a protein, myoglobin, that stores oxygen in your heart and skeletal muscles.

Other proteins and enzymes depend on the presence of iron to produce energy and synthesize DNA.

Your immune system needs iron for the development of cells that fight viruses.

Red cabbage has double the iron that green has, providing 0.7 milligrams in 1 cup, compared to 0.4 milligrams in green cabbage.

Women should get 18 milligrams, but men only need 8 milligrams of iron daily.

Cabbage Consumption Benefits

Protection from radiation therapy

Cancer prevention

Heart health

Please see medicalnewstoday.com for details on the above.

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Green Peas Are Very Healthy! Are You Eating Enough Of Them?

Green Peas Are Very Healthy! Are You Eating Enough Of Them?

Green Peas Are A Super Healthy Legume

Legume = peas, beans or lentils

Green Peas Are Very Healthy! Are You Eating Enough Of Them?

Green peas are one of the most nutritious of the legumes and are rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, C, K, and B-complex.

And they also have lots of minerals too such as zinc, iron, calcium, and manganese.

Brain And Cardiovascular Health

Green peas are a great source of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fats in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), and these essential fatty acids make green peas an ideal food for brain and cardiovascular health.

Cholesterol

The phytosterols in green peas are vital for helping to lower cholesterol levels in the body.

Weight Loss

Green peas are also a fantastic weight loss food since they have the ability to ward off hunger and keep you feeling satiated for long periods of time.

Stomach Cancer

Green peas contain a compound called coumestrol which has been shown to help lower the risk of stomach cancer.

Arthritis And Heart Related Diseases

They also contain anti-inflammatory properties making them a particularly good food for those who suffer with autoimmune disorders such as arthritis, COPD, heart disease, lupus, fibromyalgia, and bursitis.

Diabetes

Green peas have also been found to help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes due to their relatively low glycemic index and blood sugar regulating properties.

Fresh Or Frozen?

Fresh green peas are wonderful and most people would probably say that their taste beats frozen ones hands-down.

But the problem is that it’s very difficult to find fresh ones.

A new book, Vegetables: A Biography (University of Chicago Press), by the French writer Evelyne Bloch-Dano, devotes a chapter to the pea. Bloch-Dano notes that as of 2001 just 9% of the peas eaten in France were fresh, in contrast to the 19th century, when the Paris food market at Les Halles had a separate section devoted just to peas.

So unless you have a garden, frozen peas are probably the way to go.

Why?

The sugar in green peas sugars turn into starch as soon as they are picked and after just 24 hours, the fresh ones become grainy and dull-tasting.

Frozen peas, on the other hand, are picked and frozen at the peak of ripeness, which halts the process of their sugars turning to starch.

Studies suggest that frozen veggies have just as many nutrients, and sometimes more than their fresh counterparts.

Price?

Fresh green peas should be cheaper when they’re in season but the price of frozen ones should be about the same all year long.

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Figs! Definitely One Of The Most Healthful Foods!

Figs! Definitely One Of The Most Healthful Foods!

Figs! Definitely One Of The Most Healthful And Tasty Foods!

Figs! Definitely One Of The Most Healthful Foods!

Figs – Dried And Fresh

Many people prefer fresh figs but maybe just as many prefer the dried ones.

Fresh figs don’t hold up well to being shipped so in many cases only dried figs or jam mixtures are available.

A 1/2-cup serving of dried figs contains 186 calories which is about the same as a serving of six small fresh figs, which provide 178 calories.

Fresh and dried figs both offer ample amounts of fiber, at roughly 7 grams per serving which makes up approximately 18% of the daily fiber needs for men and 28% for women.

A serving of either fresh or dried figs also contains approximately 11.5 micro-grams of vitamin K, which is 13% and 9% of the daily vitamin K needs for women and men, respectively.

Dried figs are at the top of the dried fruit list for phenol antioxidant levels.

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A Healthy Balanced Diet Will Get You Feeling Great!

What Is A Healthy Balanced Diet?

What Is A Healthy Balanced Diet?

A healthy balanced diet is all about getting the right balance of nutrients, too much of some and not enough of others.

A healthy balance diet doesn’t mean imposing strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of some foods that you love or even crave.

It should be about feeling great, having more energy, and stabilizing your mood.

It’s Not Just What You Eat, It’s How You Eat

Healthy eating isn’t just about more the food on your plate, it’s also about how you think about food.

So it’s important to think about food as nourishment rather than just something to gulp down in between meetings or on the way to pick up the kids.

Try to avoid eating in front of the TV or computer because doing so often leads to robotic like overeating.

We tend to rush though our meals, forgetting to actually taste the flavors and feel the textures of our food.

Decide to reconnect with the joy of eating!

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Male Infertility ? Some Foods That Will Boost Your Sperm Count

Research Suggests That These Foods Will Improve Male Infertility

Male-infertility

Encouraging new research suggests that up to 90% of male infertility problems are caused by the failure to produce enough sperm.

Why "Encouraging"?

Because fortunately, many men can rectify male infertility simply by changing their diet!

What Foods Are Said To Improve Male Fertility?

Well there are quite a number, but below are the ones that have been seriously researched and are said to greatly aid the problem.

Oysters

Oysters and male infertility

A fascinating new study conducted at Barry University in Miami found that these bivalve mollusks contain potent amino acids that help produce testosterone in males and progesterone in females.

And because of their zinc content, oysters help increase the production of sperm and testosterone which are key baby-making ingredients

Walnuts

If you serious about improving your sperm count then walnuts are almost a must.

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