One of the most popular types of cabbage in the world is Savoy cabbage. It is also called the “Queen of Vegetables” for its unique gastronomic and medicinal properties (prevention of ailments and a mandatory component of diets) [1]. This variety was first grown in the early nineteenth century. This cabbage is popular among housewives in the United States and Western Europe.

What is savoy cabbage?

What is Savoy cabbageSavoy cabbage differs from the rest of the family at first glance. The leaves are less dense, without natural veins, of a rich dark green color, and have a characteristic “curl” or “crimp” at the ends. The cabbage, on the other hand, is less dense and has a loose structure. It is currently being cultivated in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe.

Savoy cabbage cannot be used for cooking sauerkraut which is a portion of authentic Russian food.

The vegetable is used mostly when fresh as well as for salads, soups, and baked foods. It is a valuable ingredient that has a positive effect on the human body.

What does Savoy cabbage taste like?

Savoy cabbage taste likeSavoy cabbage tastes more delicate and flavorful than white cabbage, but it does not have the characteristic toughness due to the lack of veins. “Italian” cabbage is considered healthier than white cabbage, as it contains many medicinal elements [2]. The energy value of “curly” cabbage is also significantly different. With a relatively equal number of calories and content of carbohydrates and fats, it holds almost twice as much protein and fiber and half as much sugar.

Savoy cabbage nutrients

The product is unique in its composition [3]. There are no tough veins in the leaves of the vegetable – the variety has relatively less fiber. Savoy cabbage has a low nutritional value – 28 kcal per 100 g. The composition includes:


Key substances per 100g.
Water 91g.
Carbohydrates 6.1 g
Cellulose 3,1 g
Squirrels 2.0 g
Zola 0.8 g
Fats 0.1 g
Omega-9 0.07 g
Vitamin K 0.07 g
Beta carotene (A) 0.6 g
Folic acid (B9) 0.08 g
Ascorbic acid (C) 31 g


Minerals per 100g.
Potassium 230 mg
Phosphorus 42 mg
Calcium 35 mg
Magnesium 28 mg
Sodium 28 mg
Iron 0.4 mg
Zinc, Zn 0.27 mg
Manganese 0.018 mg
Copper 0.062 mg
Selenium 0.0009 µg
Fluorine, F 0.7 µg


It is advised to eat the vegetable uncooked to preserve its effectiveness. More than 20 minutes of heat treatment can cause nutrients to be destroyed and product structure to be lost. As a result, the cabbage’s nutritional value declines.

Savoy cabbage health benefits

    Savoy cabbage vitamins

  • Cancer prevention. The scientists made a phenomenal discovery in 1957. Ascorbigen components were investigated in Savoy cabbage. When broken down in the stomach, this substance slows down the cancerous growth. It is necessary to eat fresh Savoy cabbage leaves to obtain these valuable medicinal properties. [4]
  • Anti-ageing. The antioxidant glutathione aids in the neutralization of free radicals. It helps to keep the skin and vascular walls smooth and elastic. [5]
  • Immune system reconstruction. [6]
  • Normalization of the nervous system It helps to cope with stress factors and quickly survive traumatic situations. Regular consumption of this green vegetable protects against depression and chronic fatigue.
  • Blood sugar levels decrease. Savoy cabbage contains the natural sweetener mannitol. This unique substance is suitable for use even in diabetes mellitus. [7]
  • Blood pressure decrease.
  • Restore digestive function. This type of cabbage contains a lot of vegetable fiber, which is necessary to activate the motility of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Heart disease prevention The specialists recommend that older people supplement their menu with Savoy cabbage. It reduces the risk of heart and brain attacks and prevents cholesterol plaques. [8]
  • Improves working capacity, memory, and concentration. Helps to cope with easy fatigability.
  • Wound-healing effect. has a positive effect on blood coagulability.
  • promotes weight loss. Savoy cabbage activates metabolism and stimulates subcutaneous fat stock consumption. [9]

For women

Stabilization of the hormonal background.
Less chance of collagen loss by skin cells.
Reduced body weight due to low caloric content.
Reduced facial rashes, as well as improved hair condition.

  • Stabilization of the hormonal background.
  • Less chance of collagen loss by skin cells.
  • Reduced body weight due to low caloric content.
  • Reduced facial rashes, as well as improved hair condition.

For men

Prevention of prostatitis and adenoma of the prostate.
Increasing stamina, strengthening muscles and physical strength.

  • Prevention of prostatitis and adenoma of the prostate.
  • Increasing stamina, strengthening muscles and physical strength.


For pregnant women

  • Ensuring the correct formation of the fetus.
  • Stimulation of intestinal function.
  • Folic acid saturation, necessary for the fetus to be born. If the substance is deficient, a neural tube defect can occur. [10]


When breastfeeding

  • Improve the quality of breast milk.
  • Improved digestion for mother and baby.



savoy cabbage for weight loss

Savoy cabbage for weight loss

  • A lasting feeling of fullness.
  • Reduced digestibility of carbohydrates.
  • Intestinal cleansing.
  • Withdrawal of excess fluid.

Important: The glycemic index of Savoy cabbage is 30 units.

Savoy cabbage for skin and hair

Women use freshly squeezed juice as well as whole leaves of fresh cabbage to create homemade beauty products. [11]

    savoy cabbage for skin

  1. To give freshness to the face, it is necessary to boil the leaves of “curly” cabbage, and then the resulting decoction to strain and cool. Rub one to three times a day on your face and neck with a cotton pad soaked in the decoction. Suitable for all skin types (combination, dry, oily).
  2. It is advised to wipe the face with equal parts of fresh cucumber and “Savoy” juices to treat greasy skin.
  3. To care for dry skin you need to dip a layer of absorbent cotton or gauze bandage in freshly squeezed juice of savoy cabbage and put on the face for 15-20 minutes. When dry, make the “mask” again. Before applying it, it is recommended to treat the face with a fat cream or sour cream. Repeat two or three times a week.
  4. For owners of thin and split hair, it is recommended to rub a mixture of equal amounts of juice “Savoy”, lemon and spinach into the scalp.
  5. Freshly squeezed juice of Savoy cabbage from 4 to 5 times a day is recommended to wipe warts. Napkins, cotton swabs or gauze bandages soaked in cabbage juice and apply to the spot with warts, over attach a film and wrap overnight. Repeat daily.

«Italian» cabbage harm

Despite all the benefits of Savoy cabbage, in some cases its inclusion in the diet can be harmful. Savoy cabbage is contraindicated in such cases:
savoy cabbage harm

  • Gastroenterological diseases such as ulcers, gastritis and pancreatitis (because of the large amount of fiber).
  • Past abdominal or thoracic surgeries.
  • Thyroid problems.
  • Urolithiasis.
  • Tendency to diarrhea.

Eating Savoy cabbage

The vegetable can be eaten regularly and several times a day, but everything should be in moderation.

This vegetable should not be consumed in excess of 200 grams in a single serving. If you want to lose excess weight, it is best to divide the consumption of Savoy cabbage during the day. You should start the morning with a salad of savoy cabbage in addition to other vegetables. A snack in the morning can be arranged with a glass of freshly squeezed juice. Lunch and/or snacks are advised no later than 2 p.m., and it is also recommended to consume salted cabbage at these meals.

Benefits of eating Savoy cabbage
Benefits of eating Savoy cabbage

How to store Savoy cabbage?

The storage requirements are almost the same as for white cabbage. “Italian” cabbage can be stored at fairly low temperatures (down to -3°C) because of the lower density of the cauliflower and high dry matter content. For storage you should pack the vegetable in a plastic bag, wrap it in cling film and place it in the refrigerator. In this way, the vegetable will not lose its freshness for three or four days.

cauliflower storage

NoteIf these conditions are followed, cauliflower can be stored fresh for about 15 days.

FAQ

Can I Eat at Night?

Scientists assure that it is safe to eat vegetables raw before going to bed. The most useful option in this case is cabbage, because "savoy" makes the stomach work faster, not allowing it to "fall asleep" prematurely without fully digesting the food.

How often can I eat savoy cabbage?

The vegetable can be eaten regularly and several times a day, but it is necessary to know a measure for everything.

Can I freeze?

Savoy cabbage can be frozen. To do this you need to prepare the cabbage without cracks, remove the damaged or insect-infested leaves.

At what age can I give it to children?

Introduce into the diet from 8 months

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