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Napa Cabbage

Healthy Happy Life says about Napa Cabbage

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Cabbage. It’s another one of those produce section items that can scare a good intentioned chef off- like a giant melon or a spiky artichoke. Cabbage certainly isn’t winning any prizes when it comes to shelf-appeal. It’s incredibly heavy, large, resembles the ‘hated’ iceberg lettuce at times and it has a rubbery almost plastic-looking exterior. Cabbage can appear unappetizing at best to a newbie cabbage buyer. But a seasoned cabbage-lover will know that there is really nothing to fear. And in fact, there are many varieties of cabbage available in that dark cramped cabbage corner of the produce section. Napa Cabbage is one of my favorite cabbage varieties.

Napa Cabbage Looks. In my modest view, I think Napa Cabbage is the most beautiful of the cabbages out there. It is long and oval shaped-not round. And it has beautiful white veining throughout its light yellow-green ruffled leaves. The inside main vein becomes very wide and smooth. Almost like little plates. Though Napa Cabbage is heavy-but that is a sign of high water content. Great for people watching their weight and trying to control their appetite.

Napa Cabbage Nutrition Facts. You may be surprised that cabbage has any nutritional benefits at all! The similar looking iceberg lettuce is quite absent of many nutrients, but cabbage is a heartier item that will actually have a few healthy surprises in store for you. Here are a few stats:

Napa Cabbage
1 cup raw shredded
calories: 20
Vitamin C: 46% RDA
Vitamin A: 26% RDA
Fiber: 1 g
Protein: 1 g
Phytochemicals are another area of nutrition we must look at. Phytopia.com says, “Cabbage: A cruciferous vegetable. Indoles, dithiolthiones, isothiocyanates, flavonoids, organosulfides, glucarates, coumarins and other phenolic acids, terpenes, selenium and vitamin C. Chinese (Napa) cabbage is relatively high in absorbable calcium.”
How Stuff Works.com says: “The phytochemicals in cabbage, called indoles, are also being studied for their ability to convert estradiol, an estrogenlike hormone that may play a role in the development of breast cancer, into a safer form of estrogen — powerful incentives to add cabbage to your diet.”

Cabbage is low in calories and high in chew-appeal. You can eat a lot and chew a lot and the calories will stay low, while your tummy feels full. Also, the Vitamin amounts of A and C in Napa Cabbage are surprisingly very good!

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1/2 Cantaloupe
2 Pears
4-5 Carrots
1 inch Ginger
1/2 Cucumber
5-6 leaves Napa Cabbage

This is a high yielding juice and refreshing!!!

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