Cauliflower is more than just broccoli’s bland-looking step-sister. This power-packed veggie has plenty of benefits all of its own! Even though this cruciferous once had a reputation for being boring, thanks to paleo-hacks like cauliflower rice, and cauli-pizza, this cloud-like veg is no longer the sideshow, it’s the main attraction! It’s amazingly versatile, and you can use it to make everything from cauliflower pancakes to Cauliflower couscous, and, if you hate the taste, disguise it with your favourite sauce, spice or seasoning.
Cauliflower is jam-packed full of antioxidants which aid your body's ability to detoxify and prevent free radicals. If you don't have enough of antioxidants to help crush pesky free radicals, then you could be at risk of oxidative stress, which can cause tissue and organ damage.
Cauliflower contains phytochemicals, which are responsible for its sometimes bitter flavour, but is also believed to help fight cancer, particularly lung and stomach cancer.
Thanks to the way cauliflower interacts with estrogen, this fluffy veg might even help prevent hormone-driven cancers like breast, uterine, and cervical.
Research suggests that consuming high levels of cauliflower is associated with reduced risk of stroke.
Cauli has a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals, making it a great all-rounder. Eating cauliflower regularly is a simple way to get many much-needed nutrients into your body. According to the Louis Bonduelle Foundation, one serving contains almost 50% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C. It's also a rich source of vitamin B and K, potassium, protein, fiber, magnesium and manganese, which help repair and maintain your body’s immune system on a day-to-day basis.
There are very few calories in this budget-friendly superfood – about 25 per 1 cup. Plus, there is no fat, saturated fat or cholesterol and 3g of complex carbohydrates, which are good for you. The fact it’s easy on the purse doesn’t hurt either!
Cauliflower has a number of anti-inflammatory nutrients, which help keep inflammation in check and prevents arthritis, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and heart disease.
Makes 3 servings
1 large cauliflower
1 tablespoon olive oil
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