Is Cabbage Good for You?
Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable, and like all cruciferous veggies, cabbage has numerous health benefits. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 1 cup raw cabbage provides 41% of your daily vitamin C needs and 2.5 grams of fiber—which will help keep things moving through your digestive system. In a 2021 Journal of Food Science review, the authors concluded that cabbage helps regulate blood glucose levels, and reduces the risk for kidney and liver disease and inflammation in the body.
Add to it all the other veggies in this soup and you’ve got an antioxidant-filled dish that multiplies the health benefits of eating produce. A 2021 Circulation study found that eating 5 servings of fruits, vegetables or a combination daily can help you live longer.
Is This Recipe Vegan?
Yes, this recipe is vegan-friendly.
Tips from the Test Kitchen
How to Prep Your Vegetables
Before you begin cooking, it’s important to prep the vegetables and have them all chopped and ready to go. We have easy guides for prepping onions, bell peppers, garlic, cabbage and tomatoes to help you improve your knife skills in the kitchen.
Can I Make Weight-Loss Cabbage Soup Ahead?
If you are giving the cabbage soup diet a try, you will quickly notice that you want to have a lot of cabbage soup on hand. Luckily, it is easily made ahead. The soup can be made four days ahead and stored in the refrigerator or frozen for up to three months. You can portion it out into individual serving sizes before storing it so it’s ready to just grab and go.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is in a Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe?
There are plenty of cabbage soup diet recipes out there and all of them have one (obvious) ingredient in common: cabbage. Cabbage is low in calories and offers plenty of fiber that can help fill you up and keep you feeling satisfied. From a culinary perspective, cabbage is fairly mild compared to some of its cruciferous cousins like kale and broccoli. That makes it the perfect addition to a low-calorie soup, along with other nonstarchy veggies like peppers, celery and carrots. To keep the calories down even further, cabbage soup diet recipes like this one feature a brothy base. The sodium in this recipe is kept in check by using low-sodium broth and a small amount of added salt. White-wine vinegar adds just a touch of tanginess which helps balance the flavors.
Additional reporting by Hilary Meyer, Jan Valdez and Carrie Myers