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Carbohydrate Information for Cabbage

Carbs, Fiber, Nutritional Information, Low-Carb Recipes


Updated May 27, 2014

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Cabbage has been called one of the world's most important vegetables. It is one of the most inexpensive vegetables, grows in poor soil, keeps for a relatively long time, and delivers a bounty of nutrients, including cancer-preventing chemicals. It is also very low in carbs.

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 Cabbage

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

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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

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Health Benefits of Cabbage

Cabbage 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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