Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Health benefits of cauliflower

Cauliflower is one of those vegetables that's easy to forget about.  It's colorless and doesn't look as if it would have much flavor or nutritional value.  That's not true, though. This is a vegetable with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, plus it's oh so versatile and delicious.

It's a nutritional powerhouse too. 

Cauliflower is packed with key vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, potassium and folate. It's also a good source of choline, a B vitamin known for its role in brain development. Yes, cauliflower is a food you should keep in rotation and eat at least on a weekly basis.

Substituting cauliflower for rice has become increasingly popular as people search for healthy alternatives when cooking at home. Using cauliflower in place of rice also bumps up the fiber factor which helps to promote satiety. My preference is to enjoy this beautiful vegetable in its whole form; each floret has a texture and beauty that I can dig my fork into and savor.

While cauliflower is available year round in your grocery store, the real season begins in October and extends through April.

As for it's health benefits, the complete nutritional profile of cauliflower is quite impressive.  Cauliflower is very low in calories yet high in vitamins. In fact, cauliflower contains some of almost every vitamin and mineral that you need. 

Here is an overview of the nutrients found in 1 cup, or 128 grams, of raw cauliflower:

  • Calories: 25
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Vitamin C: 77% of the RDI
  • Vitamin K: 20% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B6: 11% of the RDI
  • Folate: 14% of the RDI
  • Pantothenic acid: 7% of the RDI
  • Potassium: 9% of the RDI
  • Manganese: 8% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 4% of the RDI
  • Phosphorus: 4% of the RDI

Summary: Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, containing some of almost every vitamin and mineral that your body needs.  Why not try some new and creative ways to include it in your diet today?

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