The Health Benefits of Cauliflower

Today I want to share some of the health benefits of eating cauliflower as part of a healthy diet.  I love eating cauliflower, raw, steamed, or boiled.  I love raw cauliflower in my salads, and you may not believe it, but I’ve never had mashed cauliflower.001  Although I hear it is really good.  What is wrong with me, right?  For one thing I don’t have a food processor, but that is next on my list for kitchen appliances so I can make mashed cauliflower happen.  I bet mashed broccoli and cauliflower together would be really good too.  Makes me want some just thinking about it.

Thanks goes to healthdiaries.com again for the information below.  I’ve really grown to love this site.  Lots of great information pertaining to all kinds of things.  You should check them out.  Now for the health benefits of cauliflower.

1.  Cauliflower has been been linked to a significant reduction in the risk of cancer, especially prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, ovarian cancer, and bladder cancer. One Canadian study found that eating a half cup of cauliflower per day reduced the risk of prostate cancer by 52%.

2.  Cauliflower is a great source of dietary fiber, which is essential for optimal digestion. When you get enough fiber in your diet, it helps to keep things moving smoothly through the intestines. Cauliflower also contains a compound called glucoraphin, which protects your stomach and intestines from certain health conditions such as cancer, as noted above, and ulcers.

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So good with just a little salt and pepper added.

3.  Cauliflower contains a high amount of antioxidants, which are essential for the body’s overall health and help to prevent heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Antioxidants are also essential in destroying free radicals that accelerate the signs of aging.

4.  Because of the omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K in cauliflower, it helps to prevent chronic inflammation that leads to conditions such as arthritis, chronic pain, and certain bowel conditions.

5.  Cauliflower provides a good amount of folate (B9), a B vitamin that is necessary for a healthy pregnancy. Folate deficiency in pregnant women can lead to problems such as birth defects and low birth weight.

6. Cauliflower protects from heart disease in many ways. It contains allicin, which has been found to reduce the occurrence of stroke and heart disease. Additionally, cauliflower can help to lower cholesterol levels in the body.

As you can see cauliflower is really good for you.  You should pick some up the next time you’re at the grocery store.

Here are a couple links to some great recipes containing cauliflower.  Enjoy!

Roasted Cauliflower with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan  

Baked Italian-Style Cauliflower 

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