Fit Food Friday: Cauliflower

I LOVE cauliflower!  I have been known to eat a whole head of it in one day. YUP!  So – of course I wondered if it was good for me.  Turns out – other than being low in calories it actually IS good for me.  Hooray!  I can keep eating cauliflower on the put good things in plan!

Here are 8 health benefits of cauliflower that may make you want to include it in your diet on a regular basis.

 Cancer Prevention
A diet high in cruciferous vegetables such as 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%.

Better Digestion
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 and ulcers.

Antioxidants
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.

Anti-Inflammatory
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.

Pregnancy
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.

B Vitamins
In addition to folate, cauliflower is also loaded with other important B vitamins like niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and thiamine.

Heart Health
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.

 

Now – I suppose you want some suggestions on how to eat it?  My favorite it way is broken down into super small florets and then sprinkled with olive oil, pink himilayan salt and nutritional yeast. YUMMY!  If you want something a bit more involved you can make fried rice, pizza crusts or even steak!  Yup – cauliflower steak!

What is your favorite way to eat cauliflower?

 

Move your body, put good things in and ENJOY!

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