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21/05/2017

The Humble Cauliflower

Even the humblest of vegetables has its time to shine, and this week it is cauliflower’s turn.

The common cauliflower is lately being used in a variety of ways – especially by those following a low- (or no-) carb diet or following the banting way.  Besides as a carb replacer, cauliflower has a great many health benefits.

Numerous studies have shown that there is a strong tie between diet and the risk of developing cancer. Cauliflower has been shown to have chemo-preventive agents that stall early phases of cancer development to help shut off tumor growth.

Inflammation is at the heart of nearly all chronic diseses that we are faced with so commonly today. Cauliflower is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which lower oxidative stress and the presence of free-radicals in our body. Just one serving of cauliflower contains at least 73% or more of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, helping reduce inflammation.

Researchers now know that high levels of inflammation are correlated with an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.  The anti-inflammatory ability of the cauliflower – especially due to its supply of vitamins K & C together with various antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, help to keep arteries and blood vessels free from plaque build-up, lessening the chances of high blood pressure and out of control cholesterol levels developing.

Cauliflower is a good source of choline, a B vitamin known for its brain development.

It has the ability to help the body’s ability to detoxify as it contains antioxidants that support Phase 1 detoxification along with sulfur-containing nutrients important in Phase 2 detox activities.

As simple as the cauliflower is, it also aids digestion, helps with weight loss, balances hormones and helps preserve eye health.

Its a must for every member of the family – disguise it as a fritter, mash it, roast it, use it in place of couscous, rice or risotto, have it as a soup or steam it – such a versatile ~ never common ~ clever vegetable.

Some recipe ideas can be found here:

https://www.treehugger.com/easy-vegetarian-recipes/7-ways-use-cauliflower-luscious-secret-ingredient.html

http://www.thekitchn.com/20-ways-to-eat-more-cauliflower-237480

http://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com/pcc/recipes/roasted-cauliflower-and-kohlrabi-lemon-tahini-sauce

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