Monday, June 29, 2009

An Antidote for a BBQ 'Meat Festival'

Sweet and Spicy Summer Slaw

Abundant and inexpensive, cabbage is a longstanding dietary staple throughout the world
July 4th is a traditional American meat-eating competition; a day when folks see who can eat the most meat. If you plan to inhale large quantities of ribs, burgers and hot doggies and then chase them down with gallons of ice-cold beer, wine, or cocktails, then it’s a very good idea to include a cruciferous side-dish to protect your innards and to flush out your exhausted liver.

Fortunately for your colon and prostate, it’s only once a year. Red meat is associated with colon and prostate cancer; however cabbage helps to prevent it.
Why and How? Meat combined with alcohol is very hard for your body to digest. Cabbage induces the production of Phase II enzymes in the liver, which binds to potential carcinogens and removes them from your body. That way, perhaps you’ll not feel so bad the next day.

Cabbage is also an excellent source of vitamin K & C, fiber, manganese, folate, vitamin B6, potassium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Cabbage is also a good source of vitamin B1, vitamin B2, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin A.

To balance your meat consumption and support proper digestion, serve this bold-flavored cabbage salad. We using Bok Choy, but you can use whatever cabbage you prefer. Fresh is best, however. Bags of pre-shredded cabbage have been setting around for a long time and have lost their nutritional oomph.

Sweet and Sour Spicy Slaw -serves 12
1/4 cup rice vinegar
½ tsp. toasted sesame seed oil
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup slivered almonds
6 cups very thinly sliced bok choy (about a 1-pound head, trimmed)
2 medium carrots, shredded
1 red pepper, sliced thin
2 scallions, thinly sliced

Whisk vinegar, oil, honey, mustard and sea salt in a large bowl until the honey dissolves. Add bok choy, carrots, red pepper, nuts and scallions; toss to coat with the dressing. Chill for a while then dig in.
Every body deserves a happy colon

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