The Bountiful Benefits of Chinese Cabbage

bok choyBok choy is a type of Chinese cabbage but it doesn’t look like your typical ball of cabbage. Its dark green leaves are connected to stalks. Once you read about the plenitude of benefits that come with this leafy veggie, you’ll want to run out grab a stalk and sauté it up. There are only 9 calories per cup and that cup is packed with proteindietary fiber and almost all the essential vitamins and minerals. It is in the cruciferous family of vegetables which also includes kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts that have certain anti-cancer properties. Studies have shown that people who eat more cruciferous vegetables have less risk of developing lung, prostate, colon, and breast cancer.

Bok choy also contains folate, vitamin C, vitamin A, and beta-carotene that function as powerful antioxidants and help protect cells against free radical damage.

Bok chou is one of the few vegetables that contains the mineral selenium. It aids in liver enzyme function, and helps to detoxify some cancer-causing compounds in the body. It also helps to prevents inflammation.

One cup of cooked bok choy provides more than 100% of the recommended dietary allowance of A,
and close to two-thirds the RDA of C.

Try Our Hoisin-Glazed Halibut with Bok Choy & Bulgur.


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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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