Carb Counts for Red Cabbage

Carbohydrate and Nutritional Information

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Red cabbage has many of the same benefits as regular cabbage, and more besides!. Photo: Karen Struthers

Red cabbage is a variety of cabbage with additional pigments which change color according to the acidity or alkalinity in the soil it is grown, or the acidity of the liquid cooking with it. To retain its red color in when cooking red cabbage, cook it with vinegar, lemon juice, or another acidic ingredient. If you don't, it will tend to turn blue. Homemade pH indicators can even be made with red cabbage.

Carbohydrate and Fiber Counts for Red Cabbage

  • ½ cup of chopped raw red cabbage: 2 grams of effective (net) carbohydrate plus 1 gram of fiber and 14 calories
  • ½ cup of shredded raw red cabbage: 2 grams of effective (net) carbohydrate plus 1 gram of fiber and 11 calories
  • ½ cup of cooked shredded red cabbage: 3 grams of effective (net) carbohydrate plus 2 grams of fiber and 22 calories
  • 1 small head of cabbage (4" diameter; about 20 oz): 30 grams of effective (net) carbohydrate plus 12 grams of fiber and 176 calories

Glycemic Index for Red Cabbage

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

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Estimated Glycemic Load of Red Cabbage

  • ½ cup of chopped raw red cabbage: 1
  • ½ cup of shredded raw red cabbage: 1
  • ½ cup of shredded cooked red cabbage: 1
  • 1 small head of cabbage (4½" diameter; about 25 oz): 15

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Health Benefits of Red Cabbage

Red 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 due to many phytonutrients than green cabbage, particularly polyphenols including anthocyanins, which are responsible for the red color.


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