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14 Healthy Reasons to Eat Cabbage Plus an Awesome Recipe

Audrey Hunt's passion for nutrition began the day she was diagnosed with diabetes. She's a vegetarian and advocate for healthy living.


Do I Have to Eat My Cabbage?

When I was a little girl, I had my first taste of cabbage. I broke out in a cold sweat and gulped it down as instructed. To my surprise, as well as my parents', I liked it. Whether it was raw or cooked, I loved the stuff. Today, when I want to shed a few pounds, I make a killer cabbage soup which I will share with you later. But first, I want you to know how healthy this member of the cruciferous family is.

So stay tuned my friends. I'm about to 'knock your socks off' with 14 reasons why you need to eat your cabbage!

Cabbage is high in amino acids and helps fight inflammation.

Cabbage is high in amino acids and helps fight inflammation.

14 Healthy Reasons to Love Your Cabbage

I hope that after you read this section, you'll let me know if you have learned more about this super healthy vegetable and whether you intend to include it in your diet. I'm also hoping you'll want to try my healthy, delicious, cabbage soup recipe given below.

And now *drum roll*, it's my pleasure to share with you the 14 healthy reasons you need cabbage in your diet:

  1. Throughout history cabbage has been harvested for its medicinal purposes. Its high in amino acids and is believed to help those who are suffering from any type of inflammation. I've actually tested the effects of cabbage and inflammation. I've dealt with this for years and can testify that cabbage has helped to reduce my own inflammation.
  2. Besides being low in carbohydrates, cabbage is also an excellent source of vitamin C. In fact, one serving or cup of cabbage provides more than 50 percent of the daily requirement for vitamin C.
  3. Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin K. One cup of cabbage provides more than 90 percent of the recommended daily allowance. Vitamin K plays an important role in helping the body fight against invaders and bacteria. Since cabbage is high in vitamin K, it aides in strengthening the Immune system and helps the body fight against sickness and disease.
  4. Cabbage contains Manganese.
  5. It's a good source of vitamin B6.
  6. This cruciferous vegetable is loaded with Folate.
  7. Cabbage even contains Omega 3 fatty acids.
  8. If you're looking for vitamin B1 and B2 look no further. Cabbage supply you with this too.
  9. You'll find plenty of Potassium in this pungent vegetable.
  10. Vitamin A is found in cabbage. Being rich in vitamin A, cabbage is said to be very good for your eyes as well as your skin.
  11. Cabbage provides your body with Tryptophan.
  12. You'll even find Protein in this inexpensive green or purple head of cabbage.
  13. Magnesium is yet another healthy mineral found in cabbage.
  14. Cabbage is also a rich source of dietary Fiber, providing nearly 15 percent of the daily recommended requirement. Fiber is very important for ensuring that the body’s digestive system is functioning and regular. Eating cabbage is a great way to ensure that your digestive track is functioning at optimum level.

Here is an added bonus: Cabbage contains Phytonutrients that help the body in fighting against the free radicals responsible for damaging cell membranes. Also, phytonutrients aid in the production of enzymes that help in detoxification.

Get a Load of These Additional Cabbage Benefits

Studies indicate that eating both red and green cabbage helps to prevent cancer. Many of us have lost loved ones due to this horrific disease. My mother died of breast cancer, my best friend lost her battle with colon cancer, my ex- husband died of kidney cancer, and I lost my beautiful son to testicular cancer.

Because cabbage has been found to be associated with a lower incidence of cancer, especially lung, stomach, colon and prostate cancer, I urge you to include it in your diet. Here are more benefits:

  • This vegetable is very good for building of muscles and a healthy body. This is because it is rich in iodine, which is necessary for proper muscle development.
  • Researches have proved that fresh cabbage juice helps in the healing of stomach ulcers. It also contains sulfur which is very effective in the treatment of fungus infection and gastritis.
  • Cabbage also contains plenty of vitamin C and vitamin D. The former helps in the burning of fat, while the latter helps maintain skin vigor.
  • Sulforaphane, found in cabbage, augments the production of antioxidant and detoxification enzymes in the body. According to, sulforaphane may increase the death of cancer cells.
  • Cabbage contains lactic acid that acts to disinfect the colon. Lactic acid is also a significant source of energy for the body. It even helps reduce soreness of muscles.
  • Cabbage is known to have detoxifying properties. It purifies the blood and works to remove toxins from the body. The vitamin C and sulphur present in cabbage accounts for its detoxifying qualities.
  • Free radicals and uric acid, which are identified to be the main cause of rheumatism, gout, arthritis, renal calculi, skin diseases, eczema, hardening and de-colorization of skin etc, are also removed from the body due to cabbage consumption.
  • Drinking 25-50 ml of cabbage juice helps treat headache, asthma, bronchitis and digestion problems
  • The vitamin B in cabbage helps in sustaining veracity of nerve endings as well as boosting of energy metabolism.
  • Red cabbage contains an antioxidant known as anthocyanin. This antioxidant is believed to be helpful in protection of brain cells and thus, in the avoidance of Alzheimers disease.
  • The vitamin E found in cabbage helps to keep the hair and skin healthy and beautiful.

Cabbage & Vegetable Soup Is High in Antioxidants

If you prefer more liquid simply add a cup or two of vegetable juice. Prepare extra to keep in the freezer and next time it's all ready to go!

If you prefer more liquid simply add a cup or two of vegetable juice. Prepare extra to keep in the freezer and next time it's all ready to go!

Old Fashioned Cabbage Soup

Right up front, I want you to know that you can add or delete any of the vegetables or spices you wish. However, you cannot delete the cabbage! :-)

You will need the following:

  • 1/2 medium head cabbage, chopped
  • 4 stalks of celery, cut into small slices
  • 1 sweet onion, finely diced
  • 4 large carrots cut into small slices
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 1 14.5 oz can organic tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato-vegetable juice cocktail
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 14.5 oz chicken broth (delete if vegetarian)
  • 3/4 cup ketchup or 1 can tomato paste

Note: If you like a spicier flavor, either add ginger root (small amount fresh) or cayenne pepper (just a little will do.)

Suggestions: You can also add kale - wash thoroughly - or okra and perhaps a can of corn.

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  • Place the cabbage into an 8-qt soup pot.
  • Add carrots, celery, potatoes and any other veggies you choose.
  • Add sauteed onion.
  • Stir in ketchup or tomato paste.
  • Next, add chicken and vegetable broth, adding water to empty containers and cover.
  • Bring mixture to a boil and simmer for 2 to 3 hours.

I like to top off each individual serving with some Parmesan cheese and serve with a loaf of french baguette bread sliced.

This recipe freezes well for a quick dinner when you need one.

So there you have 14 healthy reasons to eat your cabbage and a recipe for a healthy soup. And if you want to lose a pound or two, this is a good way to get started and you can eat all you want.

I wish you all very good health and enjoy eating your cabbage.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2010 Audrey Hunt


Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on February 11, 2017:

Hi Mary.

I'm not a huge coleslaw lover either but I love it in soups and sometimes use it to replace lettuce in tacos.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 11, 2017:

You've sold me to eating more cabbage. I often do coleslaw for my husband but I don't like it much. I do like cabbage on soups so I will keep this recipe.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on January 15, 2015:


Thanks for being here and appreciate your comments. Enjoy my recipe and let me know how you like it.


Thank you so much for sharing my hub and for voting up and pinning. Cabbage is so good for us. I haven't thought about using it in sandwiches but I will now.

Sending good health wishes to you my friend!


Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 15, 2015:

Excellent hub describing the health benefits of cabbage!

It is almost a regular vegetable in my kitchen--in salads, soups, sandwiches etc.

Thanks for sharing this very useful and informative hub! Voted up as useful and pinned!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 14, 2015:

Great hub about cabbage and all the benefits that go with eating cabbage. Will try the cabbage soup recipe.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on August 16, 2014:

Inspired to write

What wonderful information you have added here. Thank you. Cabbage is good company for us all. I will add this information to the hub. I'm sure men would appreciate knowing this.

Will be over to visit you. Audrey

Dale J Ovenstone from South Wales UK on August 11, 2014:

Cabbage is a crucifix, and all men should know how important crucifix vegetables; cabbage, broccoli, sprouts & cauliflowers are in their daily diet, for stabilising & enhancing male virility.

For all the beneficial reasons you listed above, vocalcoach, its now wonder.

Great article and so informative, thank you for sharing. A vote up!

Regards, Dale

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on August 29, 2013:

rdsparrowriter - Just omit the tomato and use chicken along with organic chicken broth. I often make it this way and its so good. Thanks.

carol7777 - You're a girl after my own heart. I like it because I can stuff myself full!

carol stanley from Arizona on August 29, 2013:

Just came across this.. Love cabbage soup...Healthy, low calorie and just plain good. Never too late to read about this.

Rochelle Ann De Zoysa from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka on August 29, 2013:

Great article :) The soup seems really delicious, but I'm allergic to tomato... anyways I learnt something new :) God bless! Voted up and useful :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on August 12, 2013:

Sharyn - Wow! You're the first person I know that eats this much cabbage. Good going. You must be suer healthy. Thanks so much!

Sharyn TG on August 12, 2013:

Just wanted to say thanks for the great article. I eat a whole bag (16 Oz) of cabbage every day. It's delish and super cheap. I'm glad it's so good for me! I put cabbage in and on everything.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on July 29, 2013:

Hellen - Thank you for sharing your story on weight loss by eating cabbage, rice and beans. I prefer fish to meat. I'm going to try eating like this and lose my extra fat around my waist.

Hellen on July 29, 2013:

I eat cabbage everyday, my portion of rice is very small, I also have protein like fish or any meat, some beans. I has made me wonderful, I have lost 4 kg within a month. I planning to go with it. I would like to advise ladies annoyed with huge tummy like the one I had. It is now reduced. Yesterday I tried one of my outfit which was not longer fitting me due to gaining in weight, I found it fitting my body properly. Truly cabbage is one of the best solution to make you have desired weight.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on May 11, 2013:

Hi mike - I see you are a fellow cabbage lover. That's great!

mike on May 10, 2013:

cabbage ummmmmmmmm gooooooood stuf

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 21, 2013:

greatt - Good stuff isn't it? Thanks for coming by.

greatt on April 21, 2013:

yes cabbage

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 06, 2013:

Ek70R - Thanks so much for adding this information! Take care.

Ek70R on March 29, 2013:

and... cabbage helps reduce estrogen on men and increase testosterone which is esencial for a men and thats why I eat it everyday

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on March 23, 2013:

Nichia - Thank you for the comments. And I love your idea to use mango dressing. I will do this too!

Nichia on March 22, 2013:

I eat raw shredded cabbage with mango dressing everyday, never got tired of it and am very surprised that it so good for you. Thanks

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on October 19, 2012:

Audrey! Somehow, I just knew you were a cabbage girl :) Thanks for being here!

Ignugent17 - Actually, parsley is used most of all for a garnishment. But it should be eaten as it cleans the breath and is full of anti-oxidents. Cabbage is wonderful for you and I hope you give it a try.

Thanks for the votes.

tillsontitan - Well, I suppose if you don't like cooked cabbage, coleslaw would work:) Have you ever tried saurkraut? Appreciate the votes and of course, always more than appreciate a visit from you, my friend!

livingsta from United Kingdom on October 19, 2012:

I love cabbage and I have it almost everyday. Thank you for sharing your knowledge too. Voted up and useful!

Rema T V from Chennai, India on September 12, 2012:

WOW! Audrey, awesome hub packed with great information on one of my favorite veggies. Fantastic hub. My daughter refuses to eat this healthy vegetable cooked and eats it raw when she eats the McDonald's Burger. I have been giving her cabbage only by preparing a soup but your recipe is different and I think this is a better one. Thank you very much for the knowledge. Sharing it across the community. Cheers, Rema.

Mary Craig from New York on September 05, 2012:

I never realized cabbage is such a super food! Unfortunately I don't like it cooked, though your recipe sounds interesting. Guess I'll have to eat m ore raw to compensate.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

ignugent17 on September 04, 2012:

Thanks for the information. I thought cabbage is just for garnishing. Voted up and more.

Audrey Howitt from California on September 04, 2012:

I am right there with you on cabbage! Love it! Great hub!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on August 03, 2012:

Oh Sunshine, I love stuffed cabbage rolls. Have you written a hub for your recipe? (Hint hint) :)

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on August 03, 2012:

Cabbage is nutritious and delicious! My favorite way is stuffed cabbage rolls. They are time consuming to prepare, but well worth the time and effort.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on July 14, 2012:

kumar24894 - I had to chuckle as I read that you hate cabbage :)

And I'm so proud of you because you're willing to try it anyhow knowing how good it is for you. Thank you for sharing!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on July 14, 2012:

John Sarkis - I love your suggestion to stir fry it with bacon or ham. What a wonderful flavor that would give the cabbage. Thank you John for voting up!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on July 14, 2012:

kelleyward - Isn't cabbage just so good? It's great that your kids like it too. How do you roast it? Do you make cabbage rolls and stuff them? Gee, maybe there's a new hub for you to write :) Thanks for sharing kelley!

John Sarkis from Winter Haven, FL on July 14, 2012:

Hi vocalcoach, and thanks for this wonderful hub.

Cabbage is great. For those of you that are finicky about cabbage, you can stir fry it with bacon and/or ham and it taste great that way. ...I love all of your suggestions!

Voted up


Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on July 14, 2012:

pstraubie48 - We are lucky to love cabbage. There are so many who don't. I'm starting to add some to my bean soups and on my tostados and tacos. Hope you try the cabbage soup and like it as much as I do.

So nice of you to vote up!

kumar24894 from Fuck of HUBPAGES on July 13, 2012:

I hate Cabbage, but reading this hub I think I must eat it. Great hub !

Sharing so that all must know advantages of Cabbage. :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on July 08, 2012:

Brinafr3sh - I really like your idea to add bell pepper to the cabbage soup. I will do that. Cabbage really does help reduce inflammation so give it a try. Thanks.

kelleyward on July 07, 2012:

Fantastic Hub vocalcoach! My children love roasted cabbage so we make this often. I knew cabbage was extremely healthy but your hub made me fall more in love with this delicious vegetable. Voted up and shared! Kelley

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on May 29, 2012:

Cloverleaf - You're a cabbage lover like I am. I'm trying to grow cabbage in my little garden. I will be planting the seeds next week. Wish me luck!

Thanks so much for your comments and I'll be by to visit soon. Take care now.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on May 05, 2012:

o, wow...had i known i would have eaten more. i love cabbage. cooked, raw, stuffed or not it is a go to food. i must try the cabbage soup. thank you for sharing. voted up

Brinafr3sh from West Coast, United States on April 11, 2012:

Hi, I haven't ate cabbage this year, but I'm going to get some this week. I like that eating cabbage decreases inflammation in the body. Also like you cabbage recipe, I add sliced bell pepper to my steamed cabbage. Voted up.

Cloverleaf from Calgary, AB, Canada on February 25, 2012:

Hi Audrey, I'll definitely have a go at making this soup. Don't worry, I won't delete the cabbage! I eat piles of homemade coleslaw so it's always good to know some alternative ways to eat cabbage...thank you!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on October 10, 2011:

kim - good morning, dear one. So pleased to see that you read this and approved. I need to read it myself after all this time. With the colder months approaching, cabbage soup really hits the spot and builds the immune system as well. Thank you so much. Have a great day! vc

kims3003 on October 07, 2011:

Great Hub! I also believe cabbage is a wonderful food providing many essential vitamins as well as components to help with specific health issues. Great information to be putting out there for people to learn from. Nice writing style by the way.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 02, 2011:

CollB - Try this link and if you recommend it - let me know. :)

CollB on March 23, 2011:

I like eating cabbage - it's the recipes that I need a variety of.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on February 09, 2011:

amy - I hope you make time to eat healthy. remember, you come first! I wish you good health and the joy of knowing you are taking care of yourself. Happiness to you, my friend!

amybradley77 on January 30, 2011:

I knew all of this, but sadly I don't take nearly enough time to eat as healthy as I should be a large portion of the time. Then all of the sudden it seems I will eat fairly well for the other portions. I'm bookmarking this, very useful, voted way up. Hey, I actually have always liked eating cabbage anyway. A.B.

Petra Vlah from Los Angeles on December 15, 2010:

I didn't even know it was so good for you;-))) I do like cabbage and make a salad with just salt, olive oil and apple vinegar. Thank you for the soup idea, I may try it some day

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 05, 2010:

Betty - You must try the soup. You can basically use anything for stock. I am making a pot of cabbage soup right now and using Trader Joes Roasted tomatoe and red pepper soup which comes in a box. Adding, potatoes, celery, carrots. onion and some garlic. We are getting some snow flurries today, so this soup will tast yummy!

I wish you were her and you could have a nice bowl of soup and sourdough bread with me. :-)

Betty Reid from Texas on December 05, 2010:

I've never heard of cabbage soup, but I do love coleslaw.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 28, 2010:

katrinasui - How wonderful that you eat cabbage regularly. I sincerely hope that you will like this recipe. I make enough to freeze for a quick meal when needed. Thanks katrinasui!

katrinasui on November 10, 2010:

I love cabbage and i use it regularly in my diet. i didn't know about so many benefits of cabbage as you mentioned in your hub. The Cabbage soup sounds delicious, i will try it out.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on October 31, 2010:

Hi Micky - Good boy! Pop-eye says "eat your spinach". Vocalcoach says "eat your cabbage". You sound like you take good care of your body. Kimchee, I learned to love while living in Hawaii. My daddy and I used to eat sauerkraut together. All good stuff! Blessings to you Micky.

Micky Dee on October 30, 2010:

I didn't know cabbage held all that for us. I have spirolina and/orchlorella every day for my "greens". I'm some concerned about some foods not having the nutrients they had years ago but have less as years go by. I live alone so I don't cook a lot. I try to get to a "healthy salad bar" a couple times a week or more. There are so many cole slaw recipes and I love all of them. I love sauerkraut and kimchee too.

I love to watch my weight so I might be using any and all your recipes! Thank you Ma'am!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on October 30, 2010:

stars439 - Yes, cabbage is definetly a "super food" and it is also inexpensive and goes a long way in recipes. Thanks you.

Prasetio30 - I, too like to add lots of garlic to my cabbage recipes as garlic is another extremely healthy food, especially for the immune system. Thank you for your vote my friend. Many blessings to you.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on October 29, 2010:

I love your reason about cabbage as super food. This vegetable really useful, especially for our health. My mother often use cabbage in lunch. She add more garlic to make the taste so delicious. I found delicious and healthy recipe from you. I called this "super recipes". Good work. I give my Vote special for you. Thank you very much.

Blessing and hugs,

stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on October 27, 2010:

Wonderful hub.We must eat more cabbage. You have made it more apealing. GBY

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on October 27, 2010:

Good girl, Lady_E - I want you around for a very long time.

Love your hubs!

drbj - I also love cole slaw and sauerkraut I can eat a few times a year. :-) Thanks for your support.

fucsia - I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Thanks for commenting.

glassvisage - I, too am a vegetarian and experiment with adding different kinds of herbs and plants like ginger root which adds a kick of spice. Thank you so much.

glassvisage from Northern California on October 26, 2010:

Hm, Vitamin C! This makes me happy I enjoy cabbage so much :) My mom used to make corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick's Day, and I used to love it, but now that I'm a vegetarian, I just stick to the cabbage.

Elena from London, UK on October 26, 2010:

Thanks for the Hub. Cabbage is back on my shopping list. :)

fucsia on October 26, 2010:

I love cabbage, I eat it very often ... Now I will try your soup!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on October 26, 2010:

Hi, Audrey. I have long known that cabbage is good for you but do not like it cooked. I do eat more than my share of cole slaw made with cabbage so I am ingesting some. Thanks for the excellent healthful reminders!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on October 26, 2010:

breakfast pop - glad to hear you are a fan of the oh-so-healthy cabbage! Thanks for dopping by.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on October 26, 2010:

Carrie - I am still thinking about the beautiful poem and autumn photos in your hub which I read last night. Thank you again for that and thanks for commenting here. Have a glorious day.

Stephanie - Sauerkraut Soup - I will have to play with that. As a kid, I loved sauerkraut and we had it often.

Thanks for your contribution and enjoy your day.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on October 26, 2010:

Hi Lita - My mother cooked cabbage the same way - brings back memories. Glad to hear my recipe is helpful. Thankyou.

Hi there Melinda - I have heard about the diet soup and should give it a try. :-) Isn't it great to know about the health benefits of cabbage? Thanks, my friend.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on October 26, 2010:

Hello, Hello - Glad to hear that you share my love for cabbage. Thanks for supporting the healthy cabbage!

Hello, hello, from London, UK on October 26, 2010:

I love cabbage and your recipe of cabbage soud is fantastic and definitely a must try. Thank you for all these information.

Lita C. Malicdem from Philippines on October 25, 2010:

I used cabbage in cooking as required by traditional recipes like pork stew, etc. I didn't know this vegetable is a super veggie for all the health benefits you mentioned. I like it blanched, raw, or cooked. This time I'll love it more! Thanks for sharing this information.

msorensson on October 25, 2010:

Hi, vocalcoach.

There is in fact a diet which uses cabbage soup. Immediate weight loss if that is the only thing you have for 4 days. I tried it a long time ago. I lasted one day...or two..I think two.

I had no idea it has so many things in thank you, vocalcoach for this useful and beautiful hub.

carrie450 from Winnipeg, Canada on October 25, 2010:

The cabbage soup sounds very good, I will try it out, thanks vocalcoach.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on October 25, 2010:

I'm going to try the cabbage soup, it looks great! My mom always made sauerkraut soup, which I love, too. This will be a nice change.

breakfastpop on October 25, 2010:

I agree cabbage is a wonderful food!

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