In most nutrition cases there is a fairly large relationship between the color and the amount of nutrients found in food. Hence why you have probably heard that darker green salads are better than the lighter green alternative and eating a variety of colors at one meal is better than eating a meal made up of only one color.
Well, eating foods in the “white” color group is also important for our health and cabbage falls under this category. Just to be clear foods that are stripped of their natural color and end up being white, such as white bread, rice, and pasta do not fall under this category. But foods that are grown with a natural white tint such as Cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, garlic, ginger, and turnips do.
Cabbage is a good source of vitamin C and fiber and may be a powerful cancer fighter. Cabbage, especially raw, is rich in indole-3-carbinole, isothiocyanates, and sulforaphanes. These anti-cancer compounds help to keep our bodies healthy by fighting off and eliminating harmful substances that may be cancer-producing. In fact, cabbage intake has been linked to a lower rate of colon, lung, cervical, and breast cancer.
Fiery Asian-Style Slaw
Makes 4 servings
2 limes, juiced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon brown rice vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
sea salt and pepper to taste
1/2 head cabbage
2 carrots, shredded
1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Whisk together lime juice, garlic, vinegar, olive oil, honey, hot sauce, cumin, salt and pepper. Toss dressing with remaining ingredients and serve.
Nutritional facts per serving: 149 calories, 10 g total fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 161 mg sodium, 14 g total carbohydrates, 5 g fiber, 2 g protein
BALANCE IT OUT: Fiery Asian-Style Slaw is an easy and fun alternative to any traditional side salad. I paired my slaw with sesame salmon but think it would go great with any type of cooked fish, chicken or vegetarian patty. Or for an interesting twist try topping a hamburger or veggie burger with a spoonful of fiery slaw for some added crunch and spice.