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Carb Information for Bok Choy

Learn More About this Healthy, Green Vegetable


Updated June 11, 2014

Bok Choy
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Bok choy (also called Chinese cabbage, or Pak-choi) is a member of the brassica, or cabbage family. It is strongly associated with Chinese cuisine, although it is quite common in U.S. groceries now - either the type with large white stalks and dark green leaves, or, in season, a smaller, more tender type called baby bok choy (or Shanghai bok choy). Bok choy is highly nutritious and very low in carbs. For cooking information, see Bok Choy Cooking Tips by Rhonda Parkinson, About.com's Guide to Chinese Food.

Carbohydrate and Fiber Counts

  • 1 cup chopped raw bok choy: 1 gram effective (net) carbohydrate plus 1 gram fiber and 9 calories

  • 4 oz. (¼ pound) raw bok choy: 1 gram effective (net) carbohydrate plus 1 gram fiber and 14 calories

  • ½ cup cooked bok choy: 2 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 1 gram fiber and 10 calories

Glycemic Index

As with most non-starchy vegetables, there is no scientific study of the glycemic index of bok choy.

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Estimated Glycemic Load

  • 1 cup raw bok choy: 1

  • 4 oz. (¼ pound) raw bok choy: 1

  • ½ cup cooked bok choy: 1

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Health Benefits

Bok choy is an excellent source of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A and beta-carotene. It is a very good source of folate, and a good source of calcium and vitamin B6. In addition, bok choy is one of the cruciferous vegetables, which have been shown to have anti-cancer properties.

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Leroux, MarcusFoster-Powell, Kaye, Holt, Susanna and Brand-Miller, Janette. "International table of glycemic index and glycemic load values: 2002." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vol. 76, No. 1, 5-56, (2002).

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 21.

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