Cabbage might be one of the greatest vegetables for you. Unfortunately, it tends to be one of the least favorites, ranking up there with Brussels sprouts. With its strong taste and sometimes, unpleasant smell people are usually warded off from cabbage.

However, before you skip the leafy veggie consider the multitude of health benefits it offers including being an excellent source for weight loss. That’s right. Cabbage helps you lose weight.

Out of all vegetables cabbage has the fewest calories and least amount of fat. A substance in cabbage inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat making it a perfect side dish for any dieter. Some extremist have even gone the route of a cabbage soup diet. No need to be radical about the vegetable but you should definitely consider adding it to your menu for your next meal.

Cabbage also offers many other benefits including:

- Lowers cholesterol

- Eases digestion

- Boosts immune system

- Packed with vitamin A & C

The green leafy vegetable is loaded with glutamine which helps you maintain muscle mass. Another added bonus for dieters.

The great thing about cabbage is it is available 365 days a year and at your local grocery store. No worries, so after St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone along with the corned beef you can still enjoy the star nutrient veggie.

You’ll also find a lot of fiber in the green, which helps aid weight loss. As we’ve all come to learn fiber is a key to losing weight because of its ability to keep you feeling full much longer.

Cabbage is easy to prepare. It is best enjoyed when it has been thinly sliced and cooked for four minutes. If you over cook the vegetable you will end up with the unpleasant odor that helps give it a bad wrap.

You don’t have to conform to the cabbage soup diet but try this recipe and see for yourself all the great benefits cabbage has to offer. This recipe also adds a little kick to it with the addition of fresh chili peppers that will help speed up your metabolism.

Spicy Cabbage Soup

Prep and Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

1 medium onion, quartered and sliced thin

3 medium cloves garlic, chopped

1-2 tsp minced fresh chili pepper (serrano, or jalapeno)

2 tsp ground coriander

1 TBS dry mustard

5 cups + 1 TBS chicken or vegetable broth

2 TBS fresh lemon juice

2 medium-sized red potatoes cut in ½-inch cubes (about two cups)

1 15 oz can diced tomatoes

3 cups thinly sliced Savoy or green cabbage

salt and black pepper to taste

Directions:

Heat 1 TBS broth in a medium soup pot. Saute sliced onion over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and minced chili pepper. Continue to saute for another minute.

Stir in dried coriander and mustard. Add broth and the rest of ingredients except the cabbage, salt, and pepper. Simmer for about 20 minutes, uncovered, or until potatoes are tender. Add cabbage, and cook for another 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.