Cancer prevention is likely something all health conscientious folks have in the back of their mind these days. It’s no wonder with cancer increasingly on the rise. While there are no single, independent causes of cancer, many different factors are known to contribute to cancer risk. Many of which fall into the categories of nutrition and diet.
One particular component of a healthy diet would be to include more cruciferous vegetables (so long as they are tolerated, see more below if you have thyroid issues). Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower are all foods that are thought to help prevent cancer. More studies are starting to show the reasons why this is the case.
Cancer prevention tops all other areas of health research with regard to cabbage and its outstanding benefits. More than 475 studies have examined the role of this cruciferous vegetable in cancer prevention (and in some cases, cancer treatment). The uniqueness of cabbage in cancer prevention is due to the three different types of nutrient richness found in this widely enjoyed food. The three types are (1) antioxidant richness, (2) anti-inflammatory richness, and (3) richness in glucosinolates. (source: read more.)
That’s why today, I’m sharing a simple recipe that is going to get you addicted to cancer prevention. This simple toasted sesame slaw can be made in about 15 minutes flat, and has total umami going for it. I find I simply cannot help but eat this salad and go back for more. This is one addiction you won’t feel guilty for.
- ½ head of cabbage, cored sliced as thinly as possible. (I like to use half red cabbage and half green)
- 8 scallions, chopped
- 1 large carrot grated
- 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced in small ½ inch slices (keep it the size/consistency of the cabbage pieces if possible)
- ½ tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- 1½ tablespoons organic unrefined cold-pressed sesame oil
- ⅓ cup organic raw rice vinegar, Eden is a good brand (if you can find it)
- 1 teaspoon of coconut sugar or nectar, or raw local honey
- 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
- Place cabbage, scallions, carrot, and pepper slices in a large bowl - toss and stir to mix the pieces well.
- In a small bowl combine the sesame oil, vinegar, sugar or honey, mustard and salt. Add the dressing to the veggie mix and refrigerate for an hour before serving to soften the cabbage.
- Toast the seeds briefly - let cool.
- Just before serving add the sesame seeds to the slaw and toss well. This keeps well several days in the refrigerator.
(This post contributed to Allergy Free Wednesdays.)
Do you have Thyroid Issues?
For anyone dealing with low thyroid function this particular recipe may not be a good choice for you. Raw cabbage contains goitrogens which actually work to suppress the action of the thyroid. In some cases smaller amounts of cooked cruciferous vegetables may be tolerated in those with hypothyroid issues.
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