Top 5 health benefits of cauliflower
What is cauliflower?
Over recent years, cauliflower has found culinary fame being used as a ‘rice’ alternative, served as ‘steaks’ or taking centre stage in a roast. It’s an easy vegetable to add to your diet – enjoy raw, steamed, puréed, mashed, grated or roasted. Don’t discard the stem – it’s equally as nutritious. Pulse in a food processor and use as a base for vegetable soup or add to a slaw.
Nutritional benefits of cauliflower
An 80g (raw) portion contains approximately:
- 24 kcal/02 KJ
- 2g protein
- 3.5g carbohydrates
- 1.4g fibre
- 0.3g fat
- 202mg potassium
- 14mg calcium
- 44mcg folate
- 45mg vit C
What are the 5 main health benefits of cauliflower?
1. Is cauliflower good for the heart?
2. Is cauliflower good for the brain?
3. Does eating cauliflower reduce the incidence of certain cancers?
4. Will cauliflower help balance my hormones?
5. Can eating cauliflower support my immune system?
Is cauliflower safe for everyone to eat?
- For most of us, cauliflower is a healthy option. However, if you have a thyroid issue you may be advised to minimise the amount of cruciferous vegetables you eat. This is because these vegetables may interfere with the absorption of iodine which is needed for the production of thyroid hormones. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that you would need to eat a reasonable amount and on a consistent basis for this to be an issue.
- Cauliflower is a high-fibre food, which for most of us is highly beneficial – it supports the digestive process and provides a fuel source for the healthy bacteria which reside in our gut. However, for some people high fibre foods may cause bloating and gas, this is especially relevant for those with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
- If you are on blood thinning medication such as warfarin, your GP or dietitian may suggest you monitor the vitamin K foods, like cauliflower, in your diet to ensure you eat similar amounts consistently. If in doubt, consult your GP before making any significant changes to what and how much you eat.
This article was published on 26th August 2020.
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