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What Are the Benefits of Organic Cabbage?

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The benefits of organic cabbage include ease of use and maximum health rewards. Although organic vegetables should be washed, there is no need for extensive cleaning procedures as the produce is grown without pesticides. The taste of organic cabbage can be much nicer than in varieties grown using pesticides. Both green and red cabbage contain beneficial nutrients.

Cabbage is high in fiber and vitamin C. The leafy vegetable is also thought to have cancer-fighting properties. The bright natural color of red cabbage contains a large amount of anthocyanin which is thought to help protect the body from cancer. Organic cabbage is available in both red and green varieties.

Some pesticides are thought to be cancer-causing. As organic types of cabbage are pesticide-free, they offer maximum nutrients without any pesticide risks. Studies show that cabbage can take pesticides from the roots to the inner leaf layers, so choosing the organic version can be extremely beneficial as it avoids that. Organic cabbages can have a much more delicious flavor as well. The flavor benefit can be especially beneficial to those who drink organic cabbage juice with the hope that it may help treat stomach ulcers or other conditions.

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Organic cabbages only need a quick wash, which makes them easier to use. Cabbage can be rinsed and sliced in shreds to make salads or coleslaw. While the shredded cabbage is popular to mix with mayonnaise and other ingredients in coleslaw, it can also be used to add a beneficial nutrient, texture or color boost to many dishes. For example, shredded organic cabbage may be stirred into rice dishes at the last minute to add crunch appeal. It may also top tacos or wraps instead of lettuce.

Cabbage also tends to mix well with many other foods and it imparts a different texture when eaten raw or cooked. Cooked cabbage can add both nutrition and flavor to soups while still keeping the overall texture soft rather than crunchy. Not only are organic types of cabbage grown without pesticides, but their cost can be lower than other pesticide-free produce if it's farmed locally. Whereas organic bananas grow only in a limited part of the world, most cabbage varieties can be successfully grown in many different warm and cool climates.

Since cabbage is a root vegetable, it tends to keep much longer than many other vegetables. This is a benefit when buying organic cabbage as there is less chance of having to throw it out due to spoilage before being able to use it. Lettuce and spinach typically spoil before cabbage. Organic varieties of cabbage are also available year round in many parts of the world.

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