A-Z of Superfoods: Cauliflower

A-Z of Superfoods: Cauliflower

This pale vegetable may not win any beauty contests, but it's a gold medal winner in terms of nutritional density. Don't pass it up, and it will reward you with these amazing health benefits.

Packed with antioxidants

Cauliflower contains high levels of two key antioxidants - vitamin c and manganese. Just one cup of cooked cauliflower gives you 55mg of vitamin C, plus high levels of vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, B6, folic acid, protein, phosphorus and potassium. Cauliflower also contains betacarotene and phytonutrients which, eaten regularly, will help protect you from free radical damage.

Cancer prevention

Cauliflower contains sulforaphane, a compound which slows tumour growth by killing cancer stem cells. Add some anti-carcinogenic turmeric and you have a cancer-blasting combination.

Anti-inflammatory

Cauliflower contains large amounts of anti-inflammatory nutrients such as vitamin K and omega 3. Making it a regular addition to your meals, it can help decrease the risk of inflammation-related diseases such as arthritis and colitis. The anti-inflammatory effect also helps boost healthy blood flow to the heart and other essential organs.

High in fibre

Cauliflower is very high in fibre, over 9 grams in every 100 calories, helping to clean your digestive system. Research has shown that the pungent;glucosinolates in cauliflower can help protect your stomach lining, improve colon health and reduce your risk of stomach cancer, Crohn's disease, obesity and IBS.

Versatile

Stretch your cookery muscles beyond cauliflower cheese. You can eat cauliflower raw (try it with some hummus), add it sliced to salads, and cook creatively with it. Cauliflower, egg and potato curry is delicious and healthy. This roasted cauliflower will blow you away. You can even mash it with some seasoning for healthy mashed 'potatoes'. Let us know your favourite recipe ideas while you enjoy the health benefits!


The Author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for PayasUgym. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.

Comments

Rebecca W.
18 May 2015

Rebecca W.

Great as cauliflower is, I think you should read this page before telling people it prevents cancer: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/diet-and-cancer/food-controversies#food_controversies5 "Many so-called ‘superfoods’ contain natural chemicals that have been shown to have positive health effects in laboratory studies. These include antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It is true that some of these ingredients can affect cancer cells in a laboratory setting, including killing them and stopping them from growing. However, foods contain many chemicals and laboratory studies are usually carried out using a purified ingredient from a particular food. So if researchers want to test the effect of an antioxidant contained in blueberries, they will use a purified version of that chemical rather than fresh blueberries. Our diets are made up of hundreds of different types of food with thousands of different nutrients. An isolated chemical may behave very differently in a test tube than when it is eaten as part of food. For example, the dose may be different. Often, scientists have to use very large doses of these purified compounds to see any effects in their studies. Typically these doses are much higher than what we would actually get in our diet. So even eating very large portions of a ‘superfood’ might not provide enough of a specific ingredient to have any effect on our health."

Neil H.
18 May 2015

Neil H.

I love cauliflower.....but never seem to eat it unless someone has made it for me!

craig t.
18 May 2015

craig t.

Cauliflower is especially good for you when eaten raw. We slice it and have it with hummus alongside other raw veg.

Clare R.
15 May 2015

Clare R.

that curry looks delicious - off to get some cauliflower! I love cauliflower cheese but it is a bit calorie heavy, especially with the amount that I can eat.

Matthew C.
15 May 2015

Matthew C.

Try cauliflower cheese soup. One of the nicest soups I've ever tried and good to know it's good for me too.

Mike D.
14 May 2015

Mike D.

Cauliflower is one of those foods you can eat as much as you like of. There is simply nothing bad I've ever read about it. Great used in place of mashed potato too.

Mike D.
14 May 2015

Mike D.

Another vote for cauliflower curry! It's the most delicious way to eat it, and even better with cayenne pepper sprinkled on top.

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