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Cauliflower is an extremely versatile vegetable that is enjoyed all over the world. Whether you’re making cauliflower mash, rice, pasta, pizza or eating it in it’s true form, you can’t go wrong. 

As a great source of vitamins K and C, cauliflower also contains many other vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Similar to broccoli, kale and Brussel sprouts; cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that possesses many health benefits. 

Benefits of Cauliflower

Combats Inflammation – Cauliflower is filled with many anti-inflammatory compounds which is important since Inflammation is one of the leading causes for chronic illnesses and diseases. 

Promotes Weight Loss Management – Not only is cauliflower low in calories, low in fat, low in carbs and low in sugar, it’s also very high in fiber which is why it’s great for regulating bowel movements, reducing constipation and promoting overall weight loss. 

Decreases Cancer Risk – Known as a cancer-fighting food; cauliflower contains glucosinolates. Glucosinolates are compounds that help prevent certain types of cancers and they’re responsible for cooked cauliflower’s bad smell.   

Helps with Detoxification and Digestion – The presence of various compounds found in cauliflower helps detoxify the liver and the digestive tract which significantly helps to improve the body’s overall health.      

Enhances Eye Health – Cauliflower contains sulforaphane which has been proven to help protect the retina from oxidative stress that causes many eye related disorders including but not limited to macular degeneration and blindness.  

Reduces Risks for Brain Disorders and Cardiovascular Diseases – The combination of nutrients present in cauliflower such as vitamin K, vitamin C, antioxidants and omega-3’s, in addition to the anti-inflammatory properties, not only helps to increase immunity but it also helps to reduce the risk of brain disorders and heart disease. 

Balances Hormones – Estrogen is present in many processed foods such as dairy, meat, refined sugar, soy and yeast. High levels of estrogen are often associated with many health issues. Luckily, studies show that eating vegetables like cauliflower can reduce unhealthy levels of estrogen and help to balance out hormones.   

In addition to being nutritious, we also happen to love the taste of cauliflower; although the smell can sometimes be off-putting. We have so many go to recipes when it comes to this incredible vegetable but some of our all-time favorites include Gjelina Cauliflower, GLW Vegan Shepherd’s Pie or our Cauliflower Coconut Curry Soup. Although white cauliflower is most common, there are actually over 80 different varieties including Asian cauliflower, purple cauliflower or Romanesco, many of which can be found at local markets. 

When buying cauliflower, always look for one that is packed firmly together with no brown or soft spots. Uncooked cauliflower can last approximately a week when stored properly in the fridge, but it’s always best to eat it within a few days of purchase, to ensure you’re getting the maximum amount of nutrients possible. 

Despite all of the great benefits linked with cauliflower, it’s important not to eat too much of it, especially at one meal. Consuming too much of any cruciferous vegetable like cauliflower, can often lead to digestive issues likes gas or bloating. In some cases, eating too much can even cause thyroid issues or enhance kidney stone and gout symptoms; so make sure to always eat cauliflower in moderation. 

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