Is CABBAGE Really Harmful Now

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#1 Jul 10th, 2009, 23:07
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I am suddenly finding many people and private doctors recommending against use of cabbage in food. We have been using this vegetable since long and china I think lives on this food. Is it a myth or some reality that people are getting sick due to worm in its leaves. Doctors say that even cooking at high temperatures does not kill this worm. Why has this nutritious vegetable become big no no. and worms must be in other leafy vegetables.
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It is the first time that I have heard this. Many doctors have told me it is perfectly all right to eat it (it being a green leafy vegetable and all). That particular doctor must not have liked cabbage
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I am a follower of Jainism and in Jainism, eating cabbage is strictly prohibited in the months of monsoon. I asked a holy monk about it and he said that as worm production in cabbage is high in these months, it is prohibited to eat to follow 'ahimsa-nonviolence' which is essential part of Jainism .

In fact, cabbage is allowed for only 3 months of winter as it is thought that there is very less chances of warms in these months of winter. In all other months, cabbage and cauliflower are prohibited .
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there was fest by botany dept in Hindu college(delhi university)few months ago and i happened to attend it,some expert(i presume this because he told he did kinda create habitation or whatever for parrots in garden for sheila dikshit's house) gave a lecture for over an hour he talked about many things and he did mention about worms in cabbage and stated to stay away from cabbage.......always
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Is it OK if cooked in an aluminium saucepan?
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If the leaves are well cleaned, cut in smaller pieces and cooked properly, chances of neurocysticercosis are minimal.
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I heard a case when a family cooked a cabbage and ate. All four of them were found dead in the morning because there were worms inside the cabbage and those particular type of worms were poisonous. So when cooked, they died but poison remained even after cooking .
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this is ot but ive always avoided cabbage... infact most green leafy vegetables also peas.... even the slightest taste of any one of these makes me puke (dunno why its been this way as long as i can remember, anyone know if this is a known medical condition or an allergy to something in the green leafy veggies category or something?).... so no worries there for me.... i have a built in defence mechanism....
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Not only China lives on this vegetable! I've never came across such a story. Uncooked cabbage and worms, ok, I can imagine. But cooked cabbage? I know it as an extremely healthy vegetable, and I am sure there are more benefits than risks.

There is a cabbage worm, but this is dangerous for the cabbage, not for the human being, as this worm eats the cabbage leaves.
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There is a cabbage worm, but this is dangerous for the cabbage, not for the human being, as this worm eats the cabbage leaves.
A.I.I.M.S serves cabbage subji in patient meals, but not one but many private practitioners are recommending against cabbage. One of my friend is on medication of 9 month course. After MRI scan, worm of cabbage was suspected, for continuing headache. and doctor says this worm can penetrate brain area but medicine to kill it can not. Luckily she has worm in stomach area and is on medication.
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What is all this about?

Can someone please give a link to a suitable medical source of information?

Most of us have been eating cabbage all our lives --- and are still alive!
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Indian doctors are notorious for giving wrong dietary advice( meaning one not backed by a rigorous scientific studies). If it is really bad, ask your doctor to give a reference of a refereed medical journal. Quite a few Indian doctors even in the most reputed hospital tend to behave like quacks when giving dietary advice. It is also because many Indians tend to ask, "What not to eat doctor" for everything, so many of the doctors just say something.
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Originally Posted by wat View Post Indian doctors are notorious for giving wrong dietary advice( meaning one not backed by a rigorous scientific studies). If it is really bad, ask your doctor to give a reference of a refereed medical journal. Quite a few Indian doctors even in the most reputed hospital tend to behave like quacks when giving dietary advice. It is also because many Indians tend to ask, "What not to eat doctor" for everything, so many of the doctors just say something.
That's a really vague allegation, painting all Indian doctors with the same brush. Unsubstantiated, wild and slanderous.
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Originally Posted by cityMONK View Post A.I.I.M.S serves cabbage subji in patient meals, but not one but many private practitioners are recommending against cabbage. One of my friend is on medication of 9 month course. After MRI scan, worm of cabbage was suspected, for continuing headache. and doctor says this worm can penetrate brain area but medicine to kill it can not. Luckily she has worm in stomach area and is on medication.
Neurocysticercosis does affect the brain, and albendazole is given to treat it. A "worm in the stomach area" will not cause recurrent headaches.
A good source of palatable medical information is http://webmd.com.
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