Did you know that a cabbage is your best friend when you need to lose weight? It is amazingly low on calories (just 16 calories in 1/2 a cup of cooked cabbage) and has 0% fat and cholesterol. To add to this, it has a high fiber content which satiates your hunger for longer. It has a low glycaemic index which means that it increases your blood sugar very slowly, making it a great choice for diabetics.
Apart from weight loss, it is also a magic veggie – a storehouse of Vitamin C and phyto-chemicals which help prevent cancer and heart disease.
Remember not to overcook cabbage as it loses most of its nutrients. If you are using it in salad, do not prepare it too much in advance as this too robs it off its nutrients.
Some interesting and tasty ways to include cabbage in your diet:
Cabbage poriyal – This quick south Indian dish is ready in a jiffy. Just don’t overcook the cabbage!
Cabbage parantha – Much more nutrititous than an aloo parantha, it is great to satiate those hunger pangs when on a diet.
Cabbage and paneer sandwich – A great way to start off your day, this healthy sandwich works well for your kids’ lunch box too!