December 17, 2017

Cruciferous Cauliflower

When it comes to nutrient richness, don’t let cauliflower’s light color fool you.  Cauliflower is white because it has a protective leaf that protects it’s head from the sun, preventing it from getting the chlorophyll needed to change color.  Despite it’s light color it’s packed with health promoting nutrients.
With only 29 calories per cup, it’s a perfect addition to your diet if you’re trying to lose or maintain a healthy weight.  It’s also a great source of Vitamin C, with one cup equaling the same amount as a medium orange.  It’s also a great source of folic acid and dietary fiber which help support a healthy heart and promote a healthy digestive system.
Cauliflower is also part of the cruciferous vegetable family.  Cruciferous vegetables are high in sulfur compounds that help your liver produce enzymes that fight harmful substances that can be toxic to your body.  Cauliflower, specifically produces enzymes (gluthathione transferase, glucuronosyl transferase and quinone reductase) that help your body detoxify.
To fully take advantage of cauliflowers health benefits, cook it al dente, and avoid over cooking. 
Cauliflower Nutrition Facts

Cruciferous Cauliflwer

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