Why Cabbage?

The plausible reason that can be sited is the inherent low calorie property of cabbage.

Calories in Cabbage:

100g = 25 calories

Additionally it has nutritional value as well. Dark green leafy cabbage is high in vitamin C as well as iron which make it a perfect food for anyone suffering from anemia as well as pregnant women due to its high foliate content. Cabbage also contains beta-carotene and potassium. As a member of the brassica family, it also contains phyto-chemicals like glucosinolates which are proven to reduce cancer, especially lung cancer.

Claims made for the cabbage soup diet range from the ludicrous, ie. the cabbage soup itself has fat burning properties to the dubious, ie. you can lose 10lbs in a week. The diet is often put forward as a quick way to drop pounds for a special event and most proponents advise that it only be followed for a week.

Drink Cabbage Soup to Lose Weight, as it has Fat Burning Properties

Cabbage, raw

The nutritional values of "Cabbage, raw" per 100 grams are:
Nutrition Summary
Total Calories 25
Protein 1.3 g
Fat 0.4 g
Carbohydrate 5.8 g
NutrientsAmount%Daily Value
Calcium, Ca 40 mg 4 %
Copper, Cu 0.02 mg 0.95 %
Iron, Fe 0.47  mg 2.61 %
Magnesium, Mg 12 mg 3 %
Manganese, Mn 0.16 mg 8 %
Phosphorus, P 26 mg 2.6 %
Potassium, K 170  mg 4.86 %
Selenium, Se 0.3 mcg 0.43 %
Sodium, Na 18 mg 0.75 %
Zinc, Zn 0.18 mg 1.2 %
Vitamin A 98  IU 1.96 %
Vitamin C 36.6 mg 61 %
Vitamin B6 0.12 mg 6.2 %
Vitamin E 0.15 mg 0.5 %
Vitamin K 76  mcg 95 %
Riboflavin 0.04  mg 2.35 %
Thiamin 0.06 mg 4.07 %
Folate, DFE 43  mcg 10.75 %
Niacin 0.23  mg 1.17 %
Sugars 3.2 g
Fiber 2.5  g 10 %
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Water 92.18 g
Carotene, alpha 33 mcg
Carotene, beta 42  mcg
Choline 10.7 mg
Lycopene 0  mcg
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Data source: USDA Nutrient Database, R25
*Percent Daily Values (%DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie reference diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower based on your individual needs.

Latest Publications and Research on The Cabbage Diet


Imayavaramban Thursday, June 26, 2014

Who should avoid cabbage in their diet?

Genevieve2 Saturday, October 20, 2012

Cabbage is wonderfully high in nutrients, and could be considered the queen of vegetables. It's high in calcium and vitamin C in a very digestible form, as well as photo-nutrients that help prevent dementia and cancer. While the classic Cabbage Soup diet isn't the best thing to eat three times a day, Cabbage is a wonderful staple in any diet - especially if you are trying to lose weight, as it is so low in calories, and just packed with good food value.

amiraebeed Thursday, April 21, 2011

what are the components of the soup ??

guest Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I would suggest that instead of using cabbage as the meal that you substitute it for snacks and perhaps one meal each day. I lost 20 pounds in one month in this way. And it was not water weight. I was also working out at least 3 days per week.

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