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May 13 2022
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Did you know that traditionally in Ireland, the Irish would serve boiled bacon and cabbage on Saint Patrick’s Day? Beef was far too expensive for the Irish peasants, so they prepared bacon, which was readily available and less expensive. However, when large numbers of Irish immigrants settled in America, they couldn’t afford pork so they bought beef brisket (often known as corned beef) from the neighboring Jewish immigrants, and served it with cabbage. An American tradition was born.
Cabbage (or Brassica oleracea L. var. capitata) is thought to be a humble food but we mustn’t underestimate its health benefits. One study found that red cabbage packs a huge nutritional punch, with important antioxidants such as phenols and flavonoids like quercetin. Chinese, Savoy and green heads have the highest anti-inflammatory activity, which could greatly help support those with chronic health issues.
A second study noted the incredible stress resistance benefits of red cabbage and how this simple vegetable could target multiple longevity mechanisms including Sirtuin signaling, HSF-1 pathway, and the CaMKII pathway. A further study found that cabbage is a valuable food that can be employed as part of a nutritional therapy, or a functional ingredient, for those with type two diabetes mellitus.
When cabbage is fermented and served as Kimchi, researchers have discovered a wide array of health benefits, including supporting colorectal, brain, immune and skin health, as well as offering probiotic and anti-aging properties. Another study found that health-promoting benefits of cabbage were myriad, with potential for use in nutraceuticals.
Adding to all of this is the recognition of the robust flavonoid content of red cabbage, high fiber content and it is worth noting that half a cup of cooked cabbage has about a third of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. It also provides fiber, folate, potassium, magnesium, vitamins A and K, as well as a range of carotenoids, antioxidant enzymes, polyphenols and certain sulfur-organic compounds.
Here are some great recipe ideas to add some zest to your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations (and beyond).
A traditional Irish potato and Cabbage dish.
For The Dressing
Whisk the dressing ingredients and pour over the chopped and sliced slaw.
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