Cabbage soup diet
Cabbage soup diet


The cabbage soup diet is a very low-calorie diet that follows a specific 7-day meal plan. Throughout the 7 days, a person can consume as much cabbage soup as desired. However, the other food that can be eaten each day is specific and restrictive.

The cabbage soup diet is used for obesity, but there is no good scientific evidence supporting its use.
There isn't enough reliable information to know if the cabbage soup diet is safe or what the side effects might be. The cabbage soup diet might not provide enough vitamins, minerals, or other nutrients. Low levels of nutrients might cause side effects.


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  • Obesity.
  • Other uses.
More evidence is needed to rate the cabbage soup diet for these uses.

Dosing & administration

The cabbage soup diet is a very strict diet that lasts for 7 days. Cabbage soup can be consumed in unlimited amounts each day of the diet. One or two additional types of food are also permitted on specific days, such as raw fruits and raw vegetables.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if this treatment interacts with any medicines. Before using this treatment, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods.


The cabbage soup diet is intended to produce weight loss by eating far fewer calories each day. There is also a theory that cabbage might help with weight loss because it can reduce inflammation. But there is no good scientific evidence to support this theory. has licensed monographs from TRC Healthcare.
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