Cauliflower is so Amazing!
Cauliflower is the new trend! You can now find cauliflower everything….from pancakes to pizza. For those on a low carb diet, cauliflower is your new best friend! Yes, you can now have pizza on a low carb diet. Not only is cauliflower versatile, it also has many benefits.
Here are several important benefits:
- Aids in weight loss; it is low in calories, only 25 calories per cup, has zero grams of fat, helps reduce constipation, due to its high fiber content.
- Helps reduce cancer risk; Cauliflower contains sulforaphane, a sulfur compound that has also been shown to kill cancer stem cells, thereby slowing tumor growth
- Assist in hormonal balance; Consuming a diet rich in whole foods and antioxidant-filled vegetables like cauliflower has been shown to help balance hormones partially by reducing unhealthy levels of estrogen
- Preserves eye health; contains sulforaphane which protects the retinal.
- Contains high levels of vitamins and minerals; a good source of vitamin K, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, and manganese.
- Fights inflammation; contains indole-3-carbino, an anti-inflammatory that helps prevent the inflammatory responses at its foundation level
- Decrease risk of heart disease; contains antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids, which helps keep arteries and blood clots plaque free and lessens the chances of high blood pressure.
If you do not like Cauliflower, do not worry, cauliflower is not the only cruciferous, here is a full list of cruciferous vegetables and their benefits:
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What are Cruciferous Vegetables?
Cruciferous vegetables are vegetables of the family Brassicaceae (also called Cruciferae) with many genera, species, and cultivars being raised for food production such as cauliflower, cabbage, garden cress, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and similar green leaf vegetables.
They include the following:
- Bok choy
- Brussels sprouts
- Collard greens
What are the benefits?
- Anti-cancer benefits: Evidence supports high intakes of Brassica vegetables reduce prostate cancer risk.
- Depression Relief: An animal study published in 2015 found sulforaphane “has antidepressant and anxiolytic-like [anxiety reducing] activities in stressed mice model of depression, which likely occurs by inhibiting the hypothalamic.”
- Pain Relief: There is evidence that shows that Sulforaphane can help in pain management.
- Anti-inflammatory benefits: The consumption of broccoli sprouts modulated the excretion of biomarkers linked to inflammation and vascular reactions,” according to a conducted study.
Here is their nutritional value:
Per 1 cup:
Tips for Enjoying Cruciferous Vegetables
Here are some tips to maximize nutrition and taste:
- Don’t overcook cruciferous vegetables. They can produce a strong sulfur odor and become unappealing.
- You can buy several types of cruciferous vegetables ready-to-go in the frozen or fresh packaged sections of your supermarket, including broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.
- They are perfect for party platters, specially broccoli and white cauliflower.
- Add raw broccoli or cauliflower florets to your green salad to give the nutrients a big boost.
- Add chopped cruciferous veggies to soups, stews, and casseroles.
- When buying fresh broccoli, look for firm florets with a purple, dark green, or bluish hue on the top. They’re likely to contain more beta-carotene and vitamin C than florets with lighter green tops. If it has yellow in it or is limp and bendable, the broccoli is old, do not buy it.
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