For many, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations include indulgences — especially of the Guinness variety. But for those looking to stay healthy this March 17th, there is one classic St. Paddy’s fare you can feel free to load up on: CABBAGE!
Doctor Radio host and dietitian Samantha Heller gave us the rundown on this delightful veggie:
An under-appreciated vegetable in the U.S., cabbage is a staple comfort food in Ireland where it is traditionally served with boiled bacon (corned beef was adopted by Irish immigrants in America in the 1800s). For a cancer-fighting boost, skip the bacon and corned beef and dive into a head of cabbage. Cabbage and its kissing cruciferous cousins broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, turnips and cauliflower are high on the list of cancer fighting vegetables. Cabbage has special compounds called isothiocyanates and other phytochemicals that detoxify cancer cells and interfere with the formation of carcinogenic substances. Studies show that cruciferous vegetables may be protective against ischemic stroke, lung, breast, gastrointestinal and pancreatic cancer, cognitive decline and diabetes. As an added health promoting benefit, cruciferous vegetables are a good sources of vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, folate, fiber and potassium.
For more diet and exercise tips, be sure to tune in to Heller’s Nutrition and Exercise show on Doctor Radio show every Friday at 12 pm ET, Ch. 81.
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