Carbohydrate and Fiber Counts for Red Cabbage
- ½ cup chopped red cabbage: 2 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 1 gram fiber and 14 calories
- ½ cup shredded red cabbage: 2 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 1 gram fiber and 11 calories
- 1 small head of cabbage (4" diameter; about 20 oz): 30 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 12 grams fiber and 176 calories
Glycemic Index for Red CabbageAs with most non-starchy vegetables, there is no scientific study of the glycemic index of red cabbage.
Estimated Glycemic Load of Red Cabbage
- ½ cup chopped red cabbage: 1
- ½ cup shredded red cabbage: 1
- 1 small head of cabbage (4½" diameter; about 25 oz): 15
Health Benefits of Red CabbageRed cabbage is a very good source of fiber. It is an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K, a very good source of vitamin A, and a good source of vitamin B6 and manganese.
In addition, cabbage is one of the cruciferous vegetables, which have been shown to have anti-cancer properties, As few as 3-5 servings per week of these vegetables (including green 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.
Red cabbage has even higher quantities of antioxidant protection from many phytonutrients than green cabbage, particularly polyphenols including anthocyanins, which are responsible for the red color.
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