What Are The Benefits of Eating Cabbage For Diabetics?? Is It A Safe Choice?? Read In Detail!!

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Dr. Pakhi Sharma, MBBSGeneral Physician, 6+ Years
Published On : 7-Jan-2022Read Time : 3 minutes
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Cabbage, also known as Kobi vegetable, is a seasonal vegetable during the winters. Cabbage relieves inflammation in the body, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure. But what are the benefits of eating cabbage for diabetics? Does cabbage have any side effects for diabetics? Let’s find out !!

Contents:
  • Cabbage: Nutritional Profile
  • Advantages of Cabbage For Diabetes
  • Ways to Consume Cabbage For Diabetes
  • Best Time to Consume Cabbage For Diabetes
  • Risks of Over Consuming Cabbage For Diabetes
  • Other Health Benefits of Cabbage
  • Don’t Have Time To Read?
  • FAQs

Cabbage: Nutritional Profile

Cabbage has high nutritional value due to low calorie and high nutrients. It is rich in Vitamin K (85%), Vitamin C (54%), Folate (10%), and Manganese (7%) that provides about 22 calories in one cup of serving. In addition, cabbage is also a source of Vitamin B6 (6%), Calcium (4%), Potassium (4%) and Magnesium (3%). 

100 grams of cabbage contains the following nutrition:

Calories: 23

Total Fat: 0.1 g

Saturated Fat: 0 g

Trans Fat: 0 g

Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g

Monounsaturated Fat: 0 g

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 8 mg

Potassium: 196 mg

Total Carbohydrates: 5.5 g

Dietary Fiber 1.9 g

Sugars: 2.8 g

Protein: 1.3 g

Vitamin A: 1.6%

Vitamin C: 63%

Calcium: 3.7%

Iron: 0.9%

The Glycemic index of cabbage (10) makes it the best vegetable for a diabetic. In addition, the Kobi vegetable contains many components that help to reduce swelling in your tissues. 

Advantages of Cabbage For Diabetes

Have you ever wondered, ‘is cabbage a vegetable beneficial for diabetics?’ Well, yes. The low glycemic index of cabbage and antioxidant properties make it a boon for people with diabetes. In addition, cabbage is a low-calorie vegetable with a high fibre content that reduces the possibility of any sudden spikes in your blood sugar levels. 

  • Prevents inflammation
  • Natural immunity booster
  • Improves digestion
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces cholesterol levels
  • Prevents blood sugar spikes

Ways To Consume Cabbage For Diabetes

Cabbage Curry/Veggie Preparing cabbage vegetables as a side dish at least three times a week is easy to incorporate this vegetable into your diet. Here are a few easy dishes that you could think of cooking with cabbage:

1. Cabbage in Dal/Soup: 

If you don't like how Kobi vegetables are cooked, add them to dals and soups to gain the advantages. 

2. Cabbage Juice: 

Chop the cabbage vegetable and puree it in a high-powered blender to make cabbage juice.

3. Cabbage Salad: 

Toss boiling cabbage with a pinch of salt and a squeeze of lemon into your salads.

Best Time To Consume Cabbage For Diabetes

Kobi vegetables are not the best thing to eat right before bed due to high insoluble fibres.Eat this vegetable earlier in the day, so your body has time to absorb it before going to bed.  

Risks of Over Consuming Cabbage For Diabetes

It contains high fructans, a type of carb that can worsen irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Side effects of cabbage include aggravation of symptoms of hypothyroidism.  Ensure you consume it in moderate quantities to avoid the side effects of cabbage.

Other Health Benefits of Cabbage

  • Cabbage contains antioxidants that prevent damage from free radicals. 
  • Red cabbage is an abundant source of Vitamin C. 
  • Anthocyanin pigments in cabbage lessen the risk of heart disease.
  • Potassium content in cabbage helps in maintaining blood pressure levels.
  • Cabbage is high in plant sterols that lower LDL cholesterol levels.
  • Chinese cabbage benefits due to high vitamin C, Vitamin K and Folic acid.

Don’t Have Time To Read?

  • Cabbage is a vegetable rich in micronutrients and fibres. The low glycemic index of cabbage makes it the best vegetable for a diabetic.
  • There are many vegetables for diabetics, and cabbage is one of them. 
  • Cabbage can be eaten as salad, juice, soup or with dal. 
  • Although cabbage is healthy, too much of it is harmful to health.
  • Cabbage is also beneficial for digestion and heals inflammation. 
  • Chinese cabbage benefits are more than regular cabbage due to its high nutritional profile.
  • Use Phable Care App to consult India's leading diabetologists, order medicines, book lab tests, integrate Accu-Chek instant and other devices to get real-time remote care from the comfort of your home. Let's treat diabetes together.     

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