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Top 5 benefits of eating cauliflower at your next meal

Believe it or not, cauliflower used to be a small-time player in the vegetable kingdom.

As we all know… this is no longer the case.

Cauliflower has been given a much higher ranking at meals and is even included on many restaurant menus as a coveted dish.

A whole roasted head of lightly charred cauliflower placed onto the dinner table certainly does make quite an impressive entrance.

Cauliflower has become a crowd pleaser for sure. Even kids want in on this once reviled vegetable.

So, if you are late to the world according to cauliflower, here are some of the recipes and reasons why it would be a wise idea to include this stellar veggie at your next meal.

Abundant in Nutrients

I know it may look pale and nutritionally barren, but that’s simply an illusion. Cauliflower contains:

  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C (when eaten raw)
  • Folate
  • Potassium
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium

It’s loaded with all sorts of good stuff.

Here’s an easy breezy recipe to help you get these nutrients into your system in the simplest way. Charred Crispy Cauliflower

Rich in Anti-Cancer Antioxidants

Besides all of the vital nutrients this vegetable is rich in, it is also an excellent source of indole 3, glucosinolates, isothiocynates, and carotenoids that have been shown to be protective against cancer.[1]

And, if you combine it with Curry, like in this Curried Cauliflower Soup recipe, it’s a triple whammy: anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and totally delicious.

Good Source of Fiber

Cauliflower is a good source of fiber and water. And, both of these are needed to support the health of your digestive system.

Fiber can help prevent constipation, maintain a healthy digestive tract and reduce the risk of colon cancer.[2]

Many folks worry about the gaseousness of cauliflower as it moves through the digestive tract. So, if that’s one of your worries about eating this veggie, try this yummy recipe with toasted fennel seeds.

It will support your ability to digest this nourishing food without any excess gas. Silky Cauliflower Puree with Toasted Fennel Seeds

Supports Brain Health

According to the doctrine of signatures, a plant that resembles an organ or body part, supports that specific part of the body.

And, what does cauliflower look like?

There is no denying that this vegetable looks like a brain.

To support the ancient wisdom of the doctrine of signatures, scientifically cauliflower is rich in choline.

The Harvard School of health says, “In the brain, choline speeds up the creation and release of acetylcholine, a protein that carries signals among brain cells and is important for memory and assorted other brain functions… people whose diets included a lot of choline were more likely to do well on the memory and cognitive ability tests.”[3]

Do your brain a favor and try this Whole Roasted Cauliflower Recipe.

Tastes Great

If you’re still not sold on the nutritional benefits of cauliflower, try it for its unique flavor.

When eaten raw, it is slightly spicy and pungent.

And, when it’s roasted for a long time and caramelized, it gets sweet and savory.

But, if that still doesn’t float your flavor boat, then try it all covered up by other ingredients that will totally drown it out.

Like this totally delicious recipe for Aromatic Cauliflower Putanesca that includes capers, anchovies, onions, oregano, rosemary and tomatoes.

You won’t even know cauliflower is in there, but you’ll still reap all of the delicious benefits.

Enjoy!

 

[1] https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-cauliflower#TOC_TITLE_HDR_4

[2] https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/282844#benefits

[3] https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/a-possible-brain-food-that-youve-probably-never-heard-of