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DIABETES AND NUTRITION: THE BENEFITS OF CABBAGE

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Cabbage is a popular leafy green or purple biennial plant, and its weight can range between 1 to 9 pounds. Pointing out the exact history of cabbage is very hard. Experts say that it was probably domesticated before 1000 BC in Europe. It has been reported that cabbage became a very important food in European cuisine by the middle ages. The cabbage we consume is picked in the first year of the plants life cycle, but the crops that are going to be utilized to obtain seeds are allow to grow for a second year.

Cabbage is an excellent food choice for everybody. Moreover, people that suffer from diabetes can benefit a great deal from this gift of nature, for example keeping a healthy weight is a crucial factor in the fight against diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes, pre diabetics, and everyone trying to lose some pounds, can include cabbage as part of their weight loss regime. Cabbage has very few calories and is rich in fiber; these characteristics make it a great food choice when we are trying to lose some extra pounds.

In addition, cabbage has a low glycemic index which means that after it is eaten carbs go slowly into the blood stream avoiding blood sugar peeks. This characteristic is of special interest for people with diabetes as “peeking” is something you should try to avoid. Some researchers believe that cabbage may help reduce the risk of gestational diabetes due to its low glycemic index.

One of the benefits of cabbage is that it is rich in antioxidants like indole-3-barbino and sulphoraphane which are believed to help prevent cancer. Both green and purple cabbages have vitamins A, B, C, and K. In addition it has essential minerals like calcium, iron, and zinc; plus high concentrations of magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.

People that suffer from diabetes tend to have skin problems, but cabbage could help in this branch as well. In a study, some people drank cabbage juice and applied the leaves as compresses found relieve in skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis. Finally, some research suggests that cabbage may help reduce cholesterol.

Adding cabbage to our diets may help prevent many diseases including diabetes and may help alleviate some skin conditions and inflammation. A cup of green raw cabbage has 21 calories, 0.11 grams of fat, 3.2 grams of sugars, 2 grams of fiber, and 1.3 grams of protein.

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Note: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek medical advice for any questions regarding a medical condition or changes in your treatment.

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