Carbohydrate Information for Cabbage

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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.

The information below is for regular green cabbage, Savoy cabbage, and napa cabbage.  Also check out carb and nutrition information for red cabbage.

Carbohydrate and Fiber Counts for Cabbage

  • ½ cup of chopped cabbage: 1.5 gram of effective (net) carbohydrate plus 1 gram of fiber and 11 calories
  • ½ cup of shredded cabbage: 1 gram of effective (net) carbohydrate plus 1 of gram fiber and 9 calories
  • 1 small head of cabbage (4½" diameter; about 25 oz): 23 grams of effective (net) carbohydrate plus 18 grams of 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, but it can be reasonably assumed to be very low.

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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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