According to FastCompany.com, EatingWell.com, BestHealthMag.ca and Plated.com, cauliflower is a rising star superfood. Cauliflower is part of the cruciferous family (which includes other superfoods like broccoli, kale and brussels sprouts) and contains many vitamins, minerals and compounds.
The rise of cauliflower has certainly been influenced by the many diet trends popping up, such as keto, paleo, and more recently pegan. Cauliflower is now commonly used as a healthy substitute to replace traditional carbohydrate such as rice, potatoes, pasta and pizza crust.
So why is cauliflower getting its moment to shine? Here we explore some of the key benefits cauliflower has for our health and wellbeing:
Packed with vitamins, minerals and compounds:
One serving of cauliflower contains 77% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. Cauliflower is also high in vitamin K, protein, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fibre, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, and magnesium. It’s also packed with beta-carotene, kaempferol, quercetin, rutin, cinnamic acid, and much more.
Helps fight cancer: studies have consistently shown that Indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane in cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables have anti-inflammatory properties and chemo preventive agents that help protect cells from DNA damage and may also help inactivate carcinogens during initiation and promotion phases of cancer development.
Improves digestion: Cauliflower is high in fibre, which feeds the healthy bacteria in the gut and can help reduce inflammation and promote digestive health. Eating enough fibre may help prevent digestive conditions like constipation, diverticulitis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Detoxes the body: Many cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower contain Indole-3-carbinol, a phytonutrient that has been shown to aid the liver in its detox functions.
Aids bone health: With its high levels of vitamin C, cauliflower can help collagen production. Also loaded with vitamin K, this superstar vegetable may help prevent bone loss.
Whether you enjoy eating it raw, in a puree, roasted, boiled, in a soup, steamed, riced, grilled, marinated or any other way, cauliflower is arguably one of the most nutritious vegetables out there!
Why not try one of our delicious, healthy and simple recipes to get your dose:
• Cauliflower and Parmesan Rosti
• Broccoli and cauliflower casserole with tahini sauce
• Creamy cauliflower soup