Cauliflower, just like broccoli, is a versatile vegetable which can be used in soups, dips, salads, and pasta. Belonging to the species Brassica oleracea, cauliflower is actually a type of wild cabbage when in its uncultivated form. Thought to have originated from Asia Minor, cauliflower is a particularly remarkable vegetable as it is among the very few crops that have a high tolerance for both lime and salt. Though commonly perceived as an unhealthy vegetable perhaps due to its pale color, cauliflower actually packs a punch nutrition-wise.
Read further and learn more about the benefits of cauliflower and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends this vegetable.
Cauliflower is a potent source of vitamin C, with one cup providing 85% of the recommended daily value for this antioxidant vitamin. Providing pretty much the same amount of omega-3 fatty acids as asparagus, cauliflower is one of the manifold vegetables you should consider including in your diet, especially if you want to combat the signs of aging naturally. According to a 2007 study, a diet rich in both vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids, accompanied by lowered carbohydrate and fat intake, have been found to promote better skin aging.
Cauliflower, being a cruciferous vegetable, contains considerable amounts of nitrogen and sulfur-containing glucosinolates. These compounds have been widely studied on laboratory mice and have shown potential in preventing and possibly even treating certain types of cancers. A study published in the European Journal of Nutrition found that the phytochemicals derived from glucosinolates have the ability to protect the body at a cellular level by suppressing the enzymes responsible for activating carcinogens, preventing the formation of tumors in blood vessels, and inhibiting the migration of tumors to other parts of the body.
Cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower are a potent source of dietary isothiocyanates as well. These compounds have been found to bind with certain types of mutated proteins normally found in a variety of cancerous growths like breast tumors, thus inducing cell death. Taking isothiocyanates from dietary sources has been linked to lower risk of heart attack as well.
Cauliflower’s Practical Uses:
Cauliflower is widely cultivated in the United States making this vegetable available throughout the year. Cauliflower is a cool weather crop by nature though, so you’d want to buy it during fall and winter as it’s best tasting during these seasons.
When shopping, ensure that the cauliflower heads are compact and even-colored. The leaves, which by the way may be eaten as well, should be green and fresh-looking. Store cauliflower stem-down in a zipper storage bag, making sure to remove any excess air from the bag to minimize oxidation, and refrigerate.
Cauliflower retains its nutrients and fiber even when sautéed, quite unlike broccoli, for instance, which is best cooked by steaming. Of course, avoid overcooking your cauliflower to ensure you’ll get to maximize all of its healthful goodness. When sautéing, ensure that the soup stock is briskly boiling first before putting in the cauliflower.
If you’re using a cast iron pot or skillet, you might notice the vegetable take on a brownish hue when cooked. This is a chemical reaction between the phytonutrients and the iron cookware. To prevent this from happening, squeeze some fresh lemon juice into the water or soup stock prior to putting in the cauliflower.
In the next post, I’ll tell you the benefits of cabbage that will help you in your quest to Become Superhuman.
In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of the vegetables on Superhuman Food Pyramid:
• Bok Choy
Also avoid if autoimmune disease or nightshade sensitivity:
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