Today we’re going to be talking about one of my favourite cruciferous vegetables – the humble cauliflower. Why do I love it so much?
Well, besides being very nutritious, it is an extremely versatile vegetable, with many, many uses. As well, it is high in fiber, but low on the glycemic index, meaning it can be consumed with little to no worry that it will disrupt blood sugar, or lead to weight gain.
Now, let’s get down to some specifics…
Cauliflower is FULL of so many amazing and necessary vitamins and minerals. Here is a breakdown of the nutrients that can be found in 1 cup of cauliflower:
Fibre: 3 G (10% of the RDI)
C: 77% of the RDI
K: 20% of the RDI
B6: 11% of the RDI
Folate: 14% of the RDI
Potassium: 9% of the RDI
Manganese: 8% of the RDI
Magnesium: 4% of the RDI
*RDI stands for Recommended Daily Intake
On top of being full of important nutrients, cauliflower is both low in calories and high in fibre, which make it a good food for weight management or weight loss. As we’ve discussed before, foods containing fibre help us to feel full longer because they slow digestion.
Cauliflower is comprised of 92% water, and foods with high water content also help us to feel full longer, and ultimately, eat less.
Foods that are high in fibre feed healthy gut bacteria that reduce inflammation and promote proper digestion – ultimately, high fibre foods can reduce the incidence of constipation, diverticulitis, and inflammatory bowel disease.
Cauliflower is full of antioxidants – a variety of carotenoids, flavenoids, and glucosinolates that are anti-inflammatory and known to fight cancer, work to prevent heart disease, and to provide immune support.
Other important nutrients in cauliflower that shouldn’t be forgotten are choline and sulforaphane.
Wow – who knew this wonder vegetable had so many wonderful ingredients?!
We humans are resourceful creatures; you can give us that. In recent years, cauliflower has gained in popularity because of its versatility.
With the rise of low-carb diets, people began looking for ways to get rid of foods like rice, mashed potatoes, flour, etc which are carbohydrate dense (and therefore, calorie dense). Enter our friend, the cauliflower.
Side by side, a cup of cauliflower contains 5 grams of carbohydrates, while a cup of rice contains a whopping 45 grams! That is 9 times more.
So, on top of increasing your intake of veggies (that include all of those wonderful vitamins and minerals we just discussed), you can consume cauliflower INSTEAD of high carbohydrate foods in a wide variety of ways:
We have been raised to believe that the darker in colour the vegetable, the better it is for us (ex. spinach vs. iceberg lettuce). However, this isn’t true with cauliflower. Although many of its varieties are white, studies show that it is just as high in available phytonutrients as broccoli and kale.
Not only the florets are edible – it is safe to eat both the stems and the leaves (the leaves are delicious in soup and as an ingredient when making vegetable stock).
As with any foods within your control, it is always best to purchase organic, when possible. And, on a final note, consider trying a different variety of cauliflower. Have you seen this gorgeous Romanesco variety?
Lastly, thank you so much for visiting! I hope you have found some valuable information, if so, I’d love to hear about it!
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From our kitchen to yours,
Love + Peace