I was reading an article on food allergies in the New York Times just now and came across a great article on Cabbage that serves as nice summary of why it is good for you. They are doing an excellent job covering nutrition overall btw.
"The family of vegetables that cabbage belongs to is called the Cruciferae family or the Brassica family and related vegetables include kale, broccoli, collards and Brussels sprouts. Johnny Bowden, a nutritionist, calls cabbage “the most important [vegetable] in the world from the point of view of nutritional benefits and cancer-fighting ability.”
Cabbage possesses phytochemicals including sulforaphane, which studies suggest protects the body against cancer-causing free radicals, and indoles, which help metabolize estrogens. It’s also an excellent source of vitamins K and C, and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, folate, manganese and Omega 3 fatty acids. "
Basically every vegetable you read about has different health promoting properties, different weight loss promoting properties.
This is why we place such a heavy focus on vegetables and fruit in our PEERtrainer Tip Of The Day series.
Additionally, we have made foods like cabbage a key part of The Magic Fridge recipe guide that we created last year.
So, next time you are out at the grocery store just throw a cabbage in there, take it home and take the knife to it!