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Why I Think Eating Cabbage Means You Don't Have To Buy Probiotics

A truly exceptional vegetable

Dr Padma Garvey/Plant-Based Doctor Mom

Why I Think Eating Cabbage Means You Don't Have To Buy Probiotics

A great deal of attention is being paid to the human microbiome, our relationship with our bugs, especially those in our guts.  A processed, low fiber diet is one big reason why so many people have issues with their gut bugs.  Also the unrestricted use of antibiotics, whether it be from a doctor or from meat and dairy, is another reason for problems with our gut bugs.  People are spending a lot of money on probiotic pills but their efficacy is questionable and they don't address the real issue, our diet.

You can eat a diet that promotes gut health.  Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, Brussel sprouts, and kale are exceptionally good for gut health.  Fermented cabbage like sauerkraut and kimchi are staples of many traditional diets because they are loaded with probiotics in addition to the antioxidants.  But you don’t have to eat fermented cabbage to get the probiotic benefits.  Eating raw or cooked cabbage is good too.  The good bugs in your gut actually start the fermentation process on the cabbage in your gut.  The gas that many people complain about after eating cruciferous vegetables is the result of their good gut bugs waking up.  For people who find this gas too uncomfortable, I suggest introducing small amount of cruciferous vegetables into your diet and increasing slowly over time.

Here are cabbage recipes to try:

Indian Cabbage Fritters (Pakoras)

These are great as an appetizer or snack.  They are not fried.

Asian cole slaw

This salad takes minutes to make and is an excellent side dish or a topping on all sorts of sandwiches.  Pictured above is a Vietnamese -style Bahn Mi sandwich with the slaw


Cabbage Apples and Potatoes

Great side dish especially during the holidays.


This Irish dish is a great way to enjoy cabbage and potatoes.

Cabbage with Apples and Bourbon

Don’t worry there is only 1/4 cup of Bourbon in this dish and all the alcohol burns off while cooking.  The dish is delicious.


My husband was never a fan of cabbage but he loves my minestrone which has a lot of cabbage in it.  In fact, it is the cabbage which really elevates the soup’s taste.  Once I made it without the cabbage. My husband noticed the difference, exclaiming the soup missed something.

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