Carbohydrate and Fiber Counts for Cabbage
- ½ cup chopped cabbage: 1.5 gram effective (net) carbohydrate plus 1 gram fiber and 11 calories
- ½ cup shredded cabbage: 1 gram effective (net) carbohydrate plus 1 gram fiber and 9 calories
- 1 small head of cabbage (4½" diameter; about 25 oz): 23 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 18 grams fiber and 178 calories
Glycemic Index for CabbageAs with most non-starchy vegetables, there is no scientific study of the glycemic index of cabbage.
Estimated Glycemic Load of Cabbage
- ½ cup chopped cabbage: 1
- ½ cup shredded cabbage: 0
- 1 small head of cabbage (4½" diameter; about 25 oz): 14
Health Benefits of CabbageCabbage is a good source of fiber. It is an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K, a good source of folate, and a good source of manganese.
In addition, cabbage is one of the cruciferous vegetables, which have been shown to have anti-cancer properties. As few as 3 to 5 servings per week of these vegetables (including cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, and collard greens) can help protect from several types of cancer including prostate, lung, breast, and colon cancers. There is some evidence that this may be accomplished in part by activating certain enzymes in the liver which bind to carcinogens.
Low-Carb Recipes with Cabbage
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