Cauliflower has never been the most popular vegetable, in fact to this day it remains one of the most underrated vegetables in the culinary world with most people only using it as a side order for a Sunday roast or smothering it with cheese. But cauliflower contains so many essential vitamins and minerals and it also has a host of medicinal properties.
Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous or brassicaceae family, this family contains other vegetables such as cress, cabbage and bok choy. And whilst the most commonly used type of cauliflower is white, there are also purple and even orange cauliflowers available.
Its taste might not be as popular as it ought to be, but its nutritional benefits can not be called into question, with around 100g of cauliflower delivering 80% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential for a healthy body and immune system. It is also rich in B vitamins, offering generous amounts of vitamin B6, B1 and B3, these vitamins are necessary for energy production and healthy organs.
What many people do not know about cauliflower is that it contains high levels of cancer fighting ingredients such as sulforaphane. This not only reduces your risk of developing cancer, but it also protects the lining of your stomach meaning that you are less likely to suffer gastro intestinal upsets such as ulcers or gastroenteritis. Another ingredient responsible for this is known as glucoraphin which is present in cauliflower.
Cauliflower contains large amounts of omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin K, both of which have been shown to be effective in the treatment of arthritis and joint pain.
Cardiovascular disease is one of the biggest killers in the world, taking the lives of one in three people in the United Kingdom. Cauliflower can help to protect against cardiovascular disease because of its anti oxidant properties and high levels of vitamin C. It can also help to protect against conditions such as strokes.
Fiber is an essential part of any diet, and 100g of cauliflower will provide around 3.5 g of dietary fiber, this will help to maintain a regular and healthy bowel.
Cauliflower may be used in soups and cauliflower cheeses, but it is a delicious, healthy vegetable in its own right. It has so many health benefits from high levels of vitamins and cancer fighting ingredients to fiber and ulcer protection.