Cauliflower 101 and why!
Cauliflower has been gaining popularity over the last decade and we have seen it used as a base in an increasing number of healthy recipes. Cauliflower is introduced in so many meals because on its own it doesn’t it have a very intense flavor and it takes the flavor of the ingredients that is cooked with, apart from that it has some outstanding health benefits and, in this article, we are going to take a look to some of them.
What is the nutritional value of cauliflower?
One cup of raw cauliflower provides approximately 24 calories, 3.5g of carbohydrates 1.4g of fiber and 2g of protein. Cauliflower is rich in potassium, calcium, folate, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin C. Medium head of cauliflower has nearly 12 grams of fiber that promotes bowel regularity, supports a healthy digestive system, helps strengthen our immunity system and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Cauliflower promotes healthy weight loss
Introducing more cauliflower into your diet can help with weight loss and weight management since it increases the feeling of satiation, reduces the feeling of hunger and regulates blood sugar levels. A cup of raw cauliflower also contains 3.5 ounces of water, and it helps you with feeling full and staying hydrated. Lastly, it belongs to the category of foods that are big in volume but low in calories.
Cauliflower has anti inflammatory properties
Cauliflower is rich in a plant compound called sulforaphane that can improve inflammation and reduce the inflammatory damage caused by oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is one of the reasons heart diseases are developed and studies demonstrate that cauliflower and other vegetables that contain sulforaphane can help reduce blood pressure and atherosclerosis and prevent cardiovascular diseases.
How to introduce more cauliflower into your diet?
Most cauliflowers that you will find in your groceries store are white but occasionally you might also find cauliflowers that are green or purple or the romanesco cauliflower with the characteristic pointy florets.
Over the last couple of years, cauliflower gained popularity since many people have started to use it to make cauliflower rice, cauliflower pizza base or even marinate it and serve it as a cauliflower steak. You can include it in many different preparations like soups and casseroles, but you can even roast it, cook it in a pan or mix it at the food processer and make a cauliflower puree. Cauliflower does not have much of a taste but when added to other food it takes on the flavors of the other food. This makes it very easy to incorporate into your everyday meals. With our 21 Day Weight Loss Program we teach you how to make your meals healthy and tasty. These meals will make you lose weight naturally. To learn more about the science behind how your body works, check out WeightLoss-Solutions.com.