Is Cabbage low GI? cabbage and diabetes

Cabbage is a bag of green leaves known for its fiber content. How does it play on GI card? What do you think about cabbage and diabetes?

“An idealist is one who, on noticing that rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.”

H L Mencken


Table showing nutritional facts of 100g of cabbage

Glycemic index10
Saturated fats0g
Carbohydrates6g (of which 3.2g sugar)2%

Glycemic index and Glycemic load (Cabbage and Diabetes)

Cabbage is one of the ideal vegetables in terms of glycemic index. The value of 10 is well under the low range which by the way permits the GI value as high as 55. 

The glycemic load of cabbage stands at 0.6g. Theoretically, one can have 1.5 kg of cabbage. But, we need to look at other implications of cabbage consumption also. And remember, excess of anything is poison!


Proteins and Fats

Cabbage is the choice of food when you want to increase your fiber intake. However, it isn’t a good source of fats and proteins. The quantity of saturated fats is also almost nil.


Vitamin C 60% of RDA |  An experimental study suggests that vitamin C supplementation of 1000mg per day for 6 weeks can cause reduction in blood sugar and lipid levels along with insulin. However, the supplemental dose is almost 17 times the RDA, but increasing the dietary vitamin C intake can help reduce the supplemental dose. Also, as you can see, vitamin C will also help to prevent dyslipidemia which is commonly seen among diabetics.

Vitamin B6 5% of RDA |  Deficiency of vitamin B6 leads to reduction in circulating levels of insulin mainly caused by deficiency induced degenerative changes in the beta cells of pancreas which are the insulin secreting cells of the pancreas.

Calcium 4% of RDA |  An article published in Diabetes Care journal concluded that calcium and vitamin D weaken the increase in blood sugar levels and level of insulin resistance. However, it also mentioned that this hypothesis further evaluation for confirmation.

Magnesium 3% of RDA |  Please read this article to know the benefits of Magnesium for diabetes affected individuals.

Other: Iron and Vitamin A

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