Cauli-me A Flower of Many Colors
The Variations of Cauliflower
White Cauliflower: We are all familiar with this form of cauliflower from the grocery store or vegetable trays. Now used as finger food, salad additions or an alternative to mashed potatoes, among other things.
Orange Cauliflower: Contains increased beta-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A. When cooked the cauliflower developed an even deeper, bright orange color.
Grafitti Cauliflower: A great addition to salads with a mild tender flavor, an easy way to add fun color to food! Grafitti cauliflower retains a purple color.
Purple Head Cauliflower: Contrary to it’s name, “Purple Head,” this type of cauliflower does not retain it’s color, it actually turns green. Another great addition to salad with it’s mild flavor and tenderness.
8 Great Benefits of Cauliflower
Reduces Cancer Risk
- Prevents risk of Breast, Colon, Liver, Lung and Stomach Cancer
- Chemo-preventative agents shut off tumor growth
- Cruciferous vegetables inhibit carcinogenesis, the initiation of cancer formation
- Glucosinolates from cauliflower are utilized by the human body for DNA repair
- Prevents the formation of cancer and the risk of reoccurrence
- Cauliflower contains anti inflammatory compounds and is rich in antioxidents the reduce oxidative stress and free radical formation
- 1 cup of cauliflower provides 73% of the required daily amount of Vitamin C helping to boost the immune system. This helps protect the body from harmful bacteria, infections and the common cold
Decreases Heart Disease and Neurological Disorder Risk
- Decreases inflammation related to heart disease, diabetes, stroke and neurological disorders inclulding Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease
- The vitamins and minerals from cauliflower decrease plaque build up and reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol
- Prevents the immune system from going in to overdrive that can result in autoimmune responses
Good Source of Important Vitamins and Minerals
- Heavy source of Vitamin C
- Source of Vitamin K
- Vitamin K is a healthy source of fat, given that it is a fat-soluble vitamin
- Vitamin K supports the skeletal structure by improving and maintaining bone density, preventing osteoporosis and osteopenia
- Vitamin K is an important factor in blood clotting
- Vitamin K helps turn off detrimental inflammation
Digestion and Detoxification
- Compounds sulforaphane, glucobrassicin, glucoraphanin, and gluconasturtiian support liver function and promote detoxification
- Sulfur compounds found in cauliflower support nutrient absorption and removal of toxins and waste
- Cauliflower helps decrease leaky gut syndrome
- Prevents “bad” bacterial overgrowth in the gut
- Cauliflower is a low calorie food with 29 calories/cup
- Cauliflower is excellent for weight loss given that it’s a high volume vegetable and a good source of filling fiber
- Decreases constipation
Fights Hormonal Imbalance
- Cauliflower helps decrease unhealthy levels of estrogen found in the body from processed foods (soy, meat, dairy, and yeast)
- Fights against hypothyroidism, autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome and Ovarian CA caused by hormonal imbalance
Supports Healthy Eyes
- Sulforaphane found in cauliflower protects the retinal areas of the eye preventing against blindness, cataracts, macular degeneration and other eye disorders
Babcock, Jillian. “8 Great Cauliflower Benefits, Nutrition & Recipes.” Dr. Axe, 21 June 2017, draxe.com/cauliflower/.
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