Author: W. Darren -
In Gainesville, Florida, a meal on St. Patrick's Day would not be complete without a cabbage. While this leafy vegetable has a lot of nutrition, it is also the centerpiece of a one-week diet that's very popular today.
Have you heard of Cabbage Soup Diet? This plan promises that you can lose around 10-15 pounds in just 7 days. University of Florida's nutritional scientist, Elaine Turner, said that this diet plan has been around for many years, but today it came back in vogue due to promotions of web sites and books.
Cabbage Soup Diet refers to a quick program for weight loss. It is intended to be specifically followed for one week. Since the center of the diet is a cabbage soup, you may consume it in unlimited quantities.
The soup mentioned in this diet usually includes cabbage, onion soup mix, onions, mushrooms, celery, carrots, green peppers, tomatoes, and sometimes canned vegetable juice and bouillon. Turner further stated that your sodium intake might be too much due to the combination of juice, bouillon, and soup mix, but otherwise these ingredients are considered healthy, low-calorie items.
Besides this soup, the diet also prescribes other food that differs every day. These are mostly fruits and vegetables. In a way, the proponents agree that it provides inadequate nutrition. This is why some would advise the need for nutritional supplements together with the diet.
If you are in a hurry to lose weight, then the Cabbage Soup Diet is for you. For example, you want to shed off pounds due to overeating after the holidays. Another instance would be to fit into a dress or outfit for the upcoming special occasion.
Some people also use this program to have a break from eating in fast foods or consuming junk foods. They like the fact that it does not require appetite suppressants, complex recipes, and expensive or unusual ingredients. For your convenience, the soup may be stored in your refrigerator or frozen to be used later on.
Turner even added that healthy individuals would not probably suffer permanent harm in using the weeklong diet. However, for those people with special diet needs (such as diabetics), they should consult first with their doctor before starting this diet.
Yet despite some shortcomings, a cabbage can be a part of your sensible, healthy weight control plan. She said that it is great food because it's low in calories and fat. It's also one of the good sources of Vitamin C and fiber. And those dark green varieties (like bok choy) are rich in Vitamin A and Folate.
More specifically, the database of USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) confirms that raw cabbage contains the following:
a. 20 calories for every 100 grams (about 3 ˝ oz)
b. 5.6 grams of carbohydrates, which includes 3.2 grams of sugars per 100 grams (released during cooking) and 2.3 grams of dietary fiber
c. 32 milligrams of vitamin C
All of these constitute 53% of your daily requirement. Thus, there is really some basis or scientific findings regarding the low calorie content and nutritional value of a Cabbage Soup Diet.
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