Ever wonder what health benefits cauliflower offers? Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that is packed with nutrients. Read on to discover some amazing facts about this wonderful food.
Cauliflower belongs to the Brassicaceae family, as does broccoli, cabbage and kale. This nutrient-dense vegetable is very versatile and can be used in a variety of ways. Not only is it high in vitamin C, it is a source of vitamin K, vitamin B6, potassium, manganese, thiamine, calcium, riboflavin, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium and dietary fiber and provides a great source of protein. It is high in anti-oxidants, low in saturated fats and low in cholesterol.
Cardiovascular health is improved when cauliflower is a regular part of your diet, as it helps keep blood vessels functioning correctly. It is said to fight inflammation, help with weight loss, help the digestive process, as well as lessen your risk of certain cancers. It can be helpful in preventing breast cancer, cancer of the lungs, stomach, liver and colon. Since it is so high in vitamin C, and anti-oxidants, it may lower the risk of the development of age-related macular degeneration.
Cauliflower rice has become a health trend. To make it, first chop the cauliflower heads using a food chopper, processor, cheese grater (at the medium sized grate) or use the simple old-fashioned method of chopping it finely by hand on a cutting board. It is recommended that you blot the chopped cauliflower with a few paper towels to rid it of excess moisture.
Next, put a tablespoon of oil into a medium to large skillet. Saute the cauliflower over medium heat. Reduce heat and cover with lid to simmer. Add seasonings to taste. Opt for soy sauce, pepper, chopped green onions, fried mushrooms, shallots or experiment with other add-ons. You can also buy pre-made cauliflower rice at many retailers. Simply microwave, stir and enjoy.
With the incredible benefits to your health, shouldn’t you be eating more cauliflower?
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