Cabbage vs. Savoy cabbage — Health Impact and Nutrition Comparison
Cabbage is richer in soluble fiber and vitamins C and B5. On the other hand, savoy cabbage has more vitamin A than usual cabbage and is higher in many minerals. Savoy cabbage is richer in soluble fiber.
Both being types of cabbage, the usual cabbage and savoy cabbage have a lot of differences. These vegetables contain a lot of vitamins and minerals. On the other hand, savoy cabbage and cabbage differ in nutrient content. In this article, we will discuss the general and nutritional differences and the health impacts of raw cabbage and raw savoy cabbage.
Taste and appearance
Cabbage is a leafy plant from the genus Brassica and has red, white, green, and purplish varieties. It usually tastes peppery but has a sweet flavor when cooked. Cabbage is native to western Europe.
Savoy cabbage is believed to come from Italy. It also belongs to the Brassicaceae family.
Savoy cabbage leaves are smaller and more crinkled than cabbage ones. They are commonly emerald green. This vegetable has a mild and less peppery taste.
Both vegetables contain more than 90% of water, but they do not have the same distribution of different macronutrients. In the following sections, we will compare 100g quantities of these types of cabbage.
Vitamins are essential nutrients the human organism cannot synthesize. Vitamins are abundant in vegetables such as cabbage and savoy cabbage.
Savoy cabbage is high in vitamins A, E, B1, B3, B6, and folate, although cabbage has more C, B5, B2, and K.
Savoy cabbage offers way more vitamin A than cabbage, with 1000IU per 100g compared to 98IU in cabbage.
For more information, check the vitamin comparison chart shown below.
Savoy cabbage is the winner in this section.
Savoy cabbage is higher in potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, and copper than cabbage. Cabbage is richer in iron and calcium.
Savoy cabbage is 60g richer in potassium than usual cabbage.
Vegetables are usually not considered protein sources, but they contain some amounts of proteins. Savoy cabbage provides slightly more protein than cabbage. It contains 2g per 100g of vegetable, compared to 1.28g of cabbage.
Savoy cabbage has a little more carbs than cabbage. Cabbage has 5.8g of carbohydrates per 100g, while savoy cabbage has 6.1g. Furthermore, savoy cabbage has fewer sugars than cabbage. It does not contain fructose, while cabbage provides 1.5g of it per 100g.
Cabbage and savoy cabbage provide nearly the same amount of fiber. Cabbage is usually higher in soluble fiber, while savoy cabbage contains more insoluble fiber.
Net carbs are the carbs in food used to produce energy. You need to subtract the amount of fiber from the total carbs in the food to get the net carb amount.
Cabbage provides 5.8 grams of carbs with 2.5 grams of fiber. On the other hand, savoy cabbage provides 6.1 grams of carbohydrates and 3.1 grams of fiber per serving. Cabbage has 3.3 grams of net carbs, whereas savoy cabbage has 3 grams. Hence, the net carb content is nearly similar.
Fats are not found in cabbage or savoy cabbage in significant quantities. Cabbage is higher in monounsaturated fats, while savoy cabbage is richer in polyunsaturated fats. The two vegetables are equal in cholesterol content: they do not contain a considerable amount.
Fat Type Comparison
Cabbage and savoy cabbage have almost similar amounts of calories. However, cabbage has 25 calories per 100g of vegetable, compared to 27 for savoy cabbage.
Blood pressure management
High blood pressure is a significant risk factor for stroke and cardiovascular disease. Cabbage and savoy cabbage are beneficial for blood pressure management.
It is believed that increasing the dietary intake of potassium lowers blood pressure (1). Cabbage, especially the red variety of it, is an excellent source of potassium and may help keep blood pressure in a healthy range. Savoy cabbage is higher in potassium and can show a better effect on high blood pressure.
Toxic free radicals of oxygen can cause oxidative stress and damage all cells and tissues. As a result, oxidative stress may become a reason for cardiovascular disease (2), obesity (3), and Alzheimer’s disease. Antioxidants are compounds that help to neutralize free radicals (4). Cabbage and savoy cabbage are both high in antioxidants. These two vegetables have different compounds to participate in the organism's antioxidant defense.
Savoy cabbage consumption is linked with cytotoxicity and tumor formation inhibition (5). This is due to the sulforaphane content of savoy cabbage.
Cabbage is high in vitamin C. It is a potent antioxidant that can protect the human body against cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer (6) (7).
Comparison summary table
|Lower in Sugar|
|Lower in Saturated Fat|
|Lower in Glycemic Index|
|Rich in minerals|
|Lower in Sodium|
|Lower in price|
|Lower in Cholesterol||Equal|
|Rich in vitamins||Equal|
All nutrients comparison - raw data values
|Vitamin A RAE||5µg||50µg|
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|Low Fats diet||Equal|
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|Low Calories diet|
|Low Glycemic Index diet|
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Vitamins & Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
All the values for which the sources are not specified explicitly are taken from FDA’s Food Central. The exact link to the food presented on this page can be found below.
- Cabbage - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169975/nutrients
- Savoy cabbage - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170388/nutrients
All the Daily Values are presented for males aged 31-50, for 2000-calorie diets.