But there are many, many reasons why you should.
The cabbage as we know it today has been a work-in-progress for thousands of years. From its wild origins in Asia as a plant more reminiscent of kale, it was thought to have arrived in Europe some 600 years BC where it became prized in both the Greek and Roman civilisations for its culinary and medicinal properties. In time it spread Europe-wide becoming deeply embedded in the food culture of many nations, and centuries of selective cultivation have resulted in the various fulsome and tightly leaf-packed forms we see now.
Clearly our ancestors recognised a good thing when they saw it, but it's taking modern science to explain just how good a thing the humble cabbage is.
For starters, it perhaps isn't widely known that 100g of your average fresh cabbage can deliver not only useful quantities of a whole raft of minerals, but also a healthy whack of vitamins including a selection of B's, almost a quarter of your daily requirement of vitamin A and a whopping half of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C, which far outstrips what fruit can provide. It also delivers an impressive amount of polyphenols which, along with other antioxidants, are known to aid in the prevention of cancer.
Beyond that, all cabbages contain substances called glucosinolates, which convert in the body into compounds that are believed to be both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and therefore cancer-preventative.
But there's even better news if we look specifically at red cabbage because not all cabbages are created equal, and great though green varieties are, they don't pack quite as big a health punch as red.
The secret lies in their very colour as the redness comes from chemicals called anthocyanins, which are well-documented anti-inflammatory substances and known to help in staving off cancer.
Of course, the caveat to all of this is that for maximum benefit cabbage should be eaten either raw or very lightly cooked (a quick steaming or stir-frying is best), and should be as fresh as possible, so try not to let it linger too long in the saucepan or the fridge!
David Bowie, owner of Healthy Fit Life, is a mobile personal trainer and sports massage therapist working in the Farnham and Camberley area.