The Key Benefits and Flavor Enhancement of Chinese Cabbage

Per the World’s Healthiest Foods Organization, you should be enjoying an optimal intake of 1.5 cups of cruciferous vegetables every day. And, based on its many health benefits, their top vegetable recommendation is none other than…. Cabbage.

Nikken Foods is a strong proponent of this “power veg” and that’s why we’ve produced an exclusive Chinese Cabbage extract powder to add nutritional benefits as well as incredible flavor to your favorite foods and applications.

Examining the Different Types of Cabbage

Cabbage features a long lineup of delicious options to satisfy different outcomes you expect from this healthy, versatile vegetable. Here’s a review of the different types of cabbage:

Green Cabbage is often found in salads and coleslaw due to its tightly-packed, sweet nature that makes it easy to stir-fry or long-cook.

Red Cabbage serves a similar purpose as Green Cabbage yet is often smaller (and redder) although, unless you add vinegar or lemon juice when cooking, it will turn blue when cooked.

Savoy Cabbage is a curly cabbage with ruffled, ridged leaves that aren’t packed as tight and prove more useful in a fresh wrap or braised in butter.

Napa Cabbage is a Chinese Cabbage that features long, light green leaves that appear similar to romaine lettuce or chard. Thanks to a peppery kick, it’s perfect for spicing up your salad or stir-fry.

Bok Choy is another Chinese Cabbage that grows leaves off a central stalk that give off a milder flavor than its Napa Cabbage cousin. When braised, it sweetens, but can most often be found in a stir-fry and is best when served separated and cooked loose.

Brussel Sprouts are actually tiny cabbages that can be found on the stalk, but are often purchased as loose sprouts. These can be roasted or steamed to your preference.

So, why did Nikken Foods create a Chinese Cabbage extract?

Simply put, Chinese cabbage offers the perfect blend of flavor and nutrients to offer a wide range of health benefits all packed behind a bold taste that can enhance a variety of food applications.

Nikken Foods’ extract of roasted Chinese Cabbage has gone through our comprehensive, continuous vacuum dried (CVD) process on a maltodextrin carrier. Its golden color alludes to the delicious treasure of flavor and aroma contained within.

Our all-natural Chinese Cabbage extract powder proves to be the perfect application for soups, sauces/marinades, salad dressings, gravies, dips, seasonings, snacks, appetizers, entrees, breads/crackers, dressings/stuffings and can serve as a tasty solution for sodium reduction and flavor enhancement applications.

Three Key Benefits of Adding Cabbage to Your Diet

If you’re not getting your 10 cups of cabbage every week, maybe these three top benefits will help persuade you:

  1. Good for your health

Cabbage demonstrates incredible antioxidant phytonutrients activity that has led to several studies showing decreased risks of several cardiovascular diseases as well as decreases in incidents of type 2 diabetes. In fact, the presence of sinigrin (a sulfur-containing glucosinolate) in cabbage has even shown cancer-preventive properties for bladder, colon and prostate cancer.

  1. Good for your gut

Cabbage has long-established its role in supporting the digestive tract and even helping heal stomach ulcers. This goes back to the key nutrients found in cabbage that benefit stomach and intestinal linings by thinning out the bacterial populations that can cause digestive issues. Cabbage also provides 1 gram of fiber for every 10 calories making it a popular option for those looking to add fiber without the calories.

  1. Good for your wallet

Cabbage is second only to potatoes as the most economical cooked vegetable in terms of price per edible cup. Research performed by the Economic Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture outlines how nutrition and value play a big role in your diet and your budget.

Want to learn more?

Check out a complete Product Specification for our Roasted Chinese Cabbage Extract Powder and be sure to contact Nikken Foods to discuss the best ways to pair these natural ingredients to your food applications for optimal flavor enhancement.