While I was reading up on my knowledge of red cabbage, I never expected this ancient vegetable could be one of the ingredients we were going to use in our drinks. But here it is, we have introduced you to red cabbage in your Monday Le Rouge Smoothie and of course this week’s Product Highlight is all about the Red Cabbage!
- It is assumed that around 600 B.C. wild cabbage was brought to Europe by Celtic wanderers. It was grown in ancient Greek and Roman civilizations that used the vegetable a general remedy for curing various health conditions
- The rich red color of red cabbage reflects it concentration of anthocyanin polyphenols, which contains significantly more protective phytonutrients than green cabbage. These polypenols contain antioxidants and are anti-inflammatory, which makes them potential protectors against various diseases. Don’t mess with the power of red cabbage
- Red cabbage is rich in vitamins, including vitamins A, C and K (good for mental function and ability to focus), as well as the minerals potassium and manganese. Red cabbage is also rich in beta-carotene, which offers antioxidant benefits
- The consumption of red cabbage helps your digestive tract to regulate bacterial populations of Helicobacter pylori inside the stomach. These bacteria are always present, but must be kept in check, while a too large population can latch onto the stomach lining
- The natural red pigments of red cabbage (betalains) are said to lower blood sugar levels and boost insulin production
Tip: Avoid buying precut cabbage, since once cabbage is cut, it begins to lose its valuable vitamin C content
Tip: Choose cabbage heads that are firm and dense with shiny, colorful leaves free of bruises and blemishes. Severe damage might mean that it has worm damage or decay