Cauliflower has many benefits that go beyond weight loss. Learn more cauliflower nutrition facts and benefits that will make you change your diet today!
8 Cauliflower Nutrition Facts and Benefits that Will Surprise You
Cauliflower is not just a tasty, cruciferous vegetable but it is also provides a wealth of nutritional benefits. There are many preventative and treatment properties in cauliflower that surprised me so I have decided to pass on the knowledge.
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Cauliflower Nutritional Facts & Benefits
1. Contains Antioxidants
Cauliflower contains a high amount of nutrition and antioxidants which are essential for the body’s immune system and overall health. To name a few, cauliflower is packed with vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), beta-carotene and vitamin C. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K.
2. Is Said To Improve Heart Health
Compounds such as allicin and sulforaphane which can be found in cauliflowers are known to improve cardiovascular as well as cerebrovascular health. Allicin has been found to reduce the occurrence of stroke and heart disease, while sulforaphane has been found to significantly improve blood pressure and kidney function.
3. Good for Digestion
Cauliflower is an excellent source of dietary fiber, which is essential for optimal digestion. A cup of boiled cauliflower delivers about 3.35 g of dietary fiber. Fiber helps clean your digestive system and gets rid of unnecessary substances.
4. Detoxification and Weight Loss
The antioxidants in cauliflowers support Phase 1 detoxification along with sulfur-containing nutrients important for Phase 2 detox activities. It is also a great food to include in your diet if you want to lose weight because it’s low in calories and can be prepared in a variety of ways.
Cauliflower contains a good amount of folate (B9) which is necessary for a healthy pregnancy. A deficiency of folate in pregnant women can lead to problems such as neural tube defects and low birth weight.
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Cauliflower contains a several anti-inflammatory nutrients to help keep your body’s inflammatory response normal. This includes indole-3-carbinol or I3C, an anti-inflammatory compound that operates at the genetic level to help prevent the inflammatory responses at its foundational level.
7. Improves Brain Health
Cauliflower contains an adequate amount of choline. Choline is a water-soluble essential nutrient that is usually grouped within the B-complex vitamins. Studies show that consumption of higher levels of choline during pregnancy (about double the recommended pregnancy intake) is linked to beneficial epigenetic (arising from nongenetic influences on gene expression) changes in the fetus that likely last into adulthood.
8. Cauliflower is easy to cook with!
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Originally posted on November 4, 2014 @ 6:34 AM