The Health Benefits of Cauliflower

One of our wonderful readers taught us a cool trick. Instead of mashed potatoes, try mashing your cauliflower! It looks the same and it tastes super yummy. Cauliflower is a favorite vegetable in many American households. It can be eaten raw as a snack, tossed with salads, or even baked in casseroles. While it may not be the most colorful vegetable, it is still very nutritious for the human body. Here are some of the health benefits of eating cauliflower.

  • Cauliflower contains the compounds glucosinolates and thiocynates that have been shown to help in the prevention of cancer. These compounds stop the enzymes from activating cancer-causing agents in the body and increase the activity of liver enzymes that disable and eliminate carcinogens.
  • Many enzymes found in cauliflower help with detoxification processes.
  • Cauliflower is a good source of heart-healthy vitamin B6 and folic acid, two nutrients necessary for properly metabolizing homocysteine and therefore preventing levels of this dangerous compound from rising in the bloodstream.
  • If you need help incorporating fiber in your diet, cauliflower is a good source of dietary fiber.
  • Cauliflower contains the omega-3 essential fatty acid which has been found to help reduce the biomarkers of cardiovascular disease. It is also a good source of vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and niacin.
  • Steamed cauliflower has only 29 calories per serving (one cup) which makes it a good for for weight control.
  • Cauliflower contains vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B5 and phosphorus, manganese, protein, and tryptophan.

References

Mateljan, G. (2007). The Worlds Healthiest Foods. Seattle, WA: George Mateljan Foundation.