Cabbage juice can be rich in dietary fiber and is naturally low in calories, making it a healthy weight-loss beverage. To make 1 cup of cabbage juice, juice 1 cup of chopped cabbage and mix in 1/4 cup of fresh water and the extracted fiber from the juicing process. Drinking cabbage juice in place of other higher-calorie drinks can help you lose weight.
Making and Drinking Cabbage Juice
Cabbage juice is best made with a juicer, as blending cabbage to make juice will leave small particles of cabbage, giving it an odd texture. When juicing cabbage, use about 1- to 2-inch pieces to ensure optimal extraction. You can make cabbage juice fresh each time or juice a larger quantity so you can have some ready over the course of a few days. Store cabbage juice in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. You can drink cabbage juice at any time of day, although because of its strong taste you may wish to blend it with milder juices, like cucumber or apple juice.
A Low-Calorie Drink Substitute
Drink cabbage juice in place of higher-calorie beverages -- including commercial fruit juice -- to help you lose weight. A 1-cup serving of cabbage juice has 22 calories and 0.09 gram of total fat when made with green cabbage. It has 28 calories and 0.14 gram of total fat when made with red cabbage. As a single pound of body weight is the equivalent of 3,500 calories, substituting a serving of cabbage juice, green or red, for a higher-calorie beverage, such as a blended, commercially produced fruit juice, can lead to weight loss. Drinking cabbage juice once a week in place of a commercial fruit juice over the course of one year can lead to roughly 1.5 pounds of lost body weight.
Adding in Dietary Fiber
Add back all of the extracted fiber from the cabbage juicing process to ensure you get the full dietary fiber content, which can help with weight loss. If the resulting texture is too thick, thin it out with a bit of water. A 1-cup serving of green cabbage juice has 2.2 grams of dietary fiber, while the same size serving of red cabbage juice has 1.9 grams of fiber. Dietary fiber helps you feel fuller as it gives bulk to your diet, reducing your risk of overeating, which can lead to weight gain rather than weight loss. Green cabbage juice gives you 6 percent to 9 percent of the recommended daily intake, while red cabbage juice provides 5 percent to 8 percent of the recommendation.
Cabbage Juice and Vegetable Intake
While you can drink cabbage juice on its own, it's often blended with other fresh juices, such as beet or carrot, which provide sweetness. Adding in other vegetable juices can further increase your vegetable consumption. A serving of cabbage juice provides between one-third and one-half of your recommended vegetable intake per day, which ranges from 2 to 3 cups according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Vegetables are an important part of a healthy, balanced diet and for healthy, long-term, sustainable weight loss.
- U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database: Cabbage, Raw
- U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database: Cabbage, Red, Raw
- U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database: Juice, Apple and Grape Blend
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- Colorado State University: Dietary Fiber
- ChooseMyPlate.gov: How Many Vegetables Are Needed Daily or Weekly?