Go Crazy for Cauliflower


September 29, 2014

Care of Ashley Sauve

When looking for a food high in antioxidants, cauliflower might not be the first thing that comes to mind. Rather than spending big money on freeze-dried berry powders, it will benefit your diet to give this humble veggie a chance!

Cauliflower is an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin C and a great source of manganese. It also contains a wide variety of phytonutrients, giving it anti-cancer superpowers! Cauliflower is also an excellent source of anti-inflammatory vitamin K. Anti-inflammatory diets have become a hot topic lately as research has begun pointing toward chronic inflammation as a risk factor for illness. Inflammation-related illnesses include Chron’s disease, inflammatory bowel diseases, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and type 2 diabetes (just to name a few)! Reduce your risk of illnesses like these by choosing cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower at least 3-4 times each week.

Better digestion is another great perk of eating cauliflower. Not only is it high in dietary fibre (important for keeping digestion moving at a healthy pace) but it also contains the compound sulforaphane. Research has determined that this compound can help protect stomach lining by preventing harmful bacteria from clinging to the stomach wall.  Most of us know we should be making an effort to include more cruciferous vegetables in our diet. Cauliflower makes this effort considerably easier, as it can be used to create delicious dishes from creamy pasta sauces to chewy pizza crusts. It even makes a convincing alternative to high-glycemic potatoes!

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