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Cabbage Diet Nutrition

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Food NameCaloriesProteinTotal FatCarb
Cabbage, raw251.280.105.80
Cabbage, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt231.270.065.51
Cabbage, red, raw311.430.167.37
Cabbage, red, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt291.510.096.94
Cabbage, savoy, raw272.000.106.10
Cabbage, savoy, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt241.800.095.41
Cabbage, chinese (pak-choi), raw131.500.202.18
Cabbage, chinese (pak-choi), cooked, boiled, drained, without salt121.560.161.78
Cabbage, chinese (pe-tsai), raw161.200.203.23
Cabbage, chinese (pe-tsai), cooked, boiled, drained, without salt141.500.172.41
Swamp cabbage, (skunk cabbage), raw192.600.203.14
Swamp cabbage, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt202.080.243.71
Cabbage, common (danish, domestic, and pointed types), freshly harvest, raw241.210.185.37
Cabbage, common (danish, domestic, and pointed types), stored, raw241.210.185.37
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Cabbage

Cabbage (Brassica oleracea or variants) is a leafy green biennial, grown as an annual vegetable for its dense-leaved heads. Closely related to other cole crops, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts, it descends from B. oleracea var. oleracea, a wild field cabbage. Cabbage heads generally range from 1 to 8 pounds (0.5 to 4 kg), and can be green, purple and white. Smooth-leafed firm-headed green cabbages are the most common, with smooth-leafed red and crinkle-leafed savoy cabbages of both colors seen more rarely.

Nutrition of Cabbage

Cabbage is a good source of beta-carotene, vitamin C and fiber. It is a cruciferous vegetable, and has been shown to reduce the risk of some cancers, especially those in the colorectal group. This is possibly due to the glucosinolates found in cole crops, which serve as metabolic detoxicants, or due to the sulphoraphane content, also responsible for metabolic anti-carcinogenic activities. Purple cabbage also contains anthocyanins, which in other vegetables have been proven to have anti-carcinogenic properties. Along with other cole crops, cabbage is a source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical that boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells. Research suggests that boiling these vegetables reduces their anti-carcinogenic properties.

Cabbage Soup Diet

The cabbage soup diet is a radical weight loss diet designed around heavy consumption of a low-calorie cabbage soup over the time of seven days. It is generally considered a fad diet, in that it is designed for short-term weight-loss and requires no long-term commitment. It has inspired several copy-cats based around similar principles.

The typical claimed intent of the diet is to lose 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of weight in a week, though nutritional experts point out that it is nearly impossible to lose that much fat within a week. This has lent credence to claims that much of the weight lost is water.

Origin of the Cabbage Soup Diet

The origins of the diet are unknown, and it first gained popularity as a piece of faxlore in the 1980s. The cabbage soup diet has many names, usually linking the diet to a mainstream institution, including the "Sacred Heart Diet", "Military Cabbage Soup", "TJ Miracle Soup Diet", and "Russian Peasant Diet". All of the institutions named have denied a link with the diet. As a general rule, most if not all forms of the diet emphasize that the dieter can consume as much cabbage soup as he/she wants.

Criticism of the Cabbage Soup Diet

Many individuals and medical professionals are critical of the diet. Most of the weight lost is water and not fat, and therefore not permanent. The amount of calories per day while on the diet is far lower than what is considered safe. In addition, the recipe for the soup as often given has an extremely high sodium content, usually to make it palatable, and the diet provides practically zero protein for several days at a time. Many people report feeling weak and light-headed during the course of the diet.

On a practical level, the most common forms of the soup recipe have been criticized as being bland, though spicy variations have appeared. Even so, the blandness of the soup means that few manage the entire seven days, and often report feeling nauseous whenever they smell the soup toward the end of the week-long diet. It has also been noted that flatulence is a common side effect of the diet.

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