COLESLAW NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS
Coleslaw benefits include
- Cabbage a major component in coleslaw is a cruciferous vegetable, in the same category as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. Cruciferous vegetables are renowned for their ability to protect against cancer. Experts recommend that you eat a minimum of one and a half cups of cruciferous vegetables two to three times a week in order to reap the greatest benefits from this cancer fighter. Cabbage, in particular, is an excellent source of a compound called sinigrin, which is particularly effective in helping to prevent cancer of the colon, prostate and bladder.
- The health benefits of cabbage tend to be greater when it is eaten raw, which is an advantage that coleslaw has over other dishes that involve cooked cabbage. Cooking destroys the delicate myrosinase enzymes that provide cabbage with its cancer-fighting compounds.
- In addition to its cancer-fighting ability, cabbage lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol, is a good source of fibre, and is high in vitamin C and vitamin K. It also provides you with calcium, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B6, manganese and folate. It is also high in glutamine, an amino acid with anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to all these health benefits, cabbage is also low in calories, at only 50 calories per cup.
- Cabbage can help heal stomach ulcers and is good for the entire digestive system in general. And while cabbage contains very little fat, the fat it does contain is the healthy omega-3 type in the form of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA)
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