The Health Benefits of Cauliflower
It’s not often everyone’s favourite vegetable, but cauliflower is a healthy option when it comes to serving up a side of vegetables with your meals. It’s versatile too, with numerous recipes including it, or even whole dishes dedicated to it (cauliflower cheese is particularly delicious). But what exactly are cauliflower’s health benefits? Discover them below.
It’s a good choice if you are choosing lower fat meals
Cauliflower contains nearly zero grams of fat, sodium or sugar. It’s a filling food that can help you to plan low calorie meals that still satisfy any cravings.
It contains almost every vitamin and mineral that your body needs
A mere 128g of cauliflower contains:
- 25 Calories
- 3 grams of fibre
- 77% of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of Vitamin C
- 20% RDI Vitamin K
- 11% RDI Vitamin B6
- 14% RDI Folate
- 7% RDI Pantothenic acid
- 9% RDI Potassium
- 8% RDI Manganese
- 4% RDI Magnesium
- 4% RDI Phosphorus
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Cauliflower can help reduce constipation
The fibre in 128g of cauliflower is 10% of your daily needs, which can help keep your bowel movements regular. Fibre is important because it feeds the healthy bacteria in your stomach that help reduce inflammation and promotes digestive health.
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Cauliflower is rich in a nutrient called 'choline', which isn’t found in many foods. Choline is essential for brain development, as it helps to repair and maintain cell membranes. Choline is also involved in the production of neurotransmitters necessary for a healthy nervous system and it helps prevent cholesterol from accumulating in the liver. Around one cup of cauliflower contains 45mg of choline, 11% of the RDI for women and 8% for men.
Cauliflower can help keep your arteries clear
Research from Dr Paul Evans, from the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London has shown that when a certain protein is inactive, parts of our arteries can become more susceptible to disease. A chemical called 'sulforaphane' found naturally in vegetables like cauliflower can stimulate the protein and provide the protection to the arteries.
Like other cruciferous vegetables, cauliflower is high in glucosinolates and isothiocyanates, two groups of antioxidants that have been shown to slow the growth of cancer cells. This is helped by the high amounts of Vitamin C cauliflower contains as that has also been found to reduce the risk of cancer thanks to its inflammatory effects.
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The information in this article is intended as advice only and should never be substituted for the advice of a medical professional. Always seek guidance from your GP if you are concerned about your health.