What’s the Deal With Cauliflower, Anyway?
We are at that awkward stage of the year where it is past Thanksgiving, but not quite December. This means that I had to come up with a relevant nutrition article that could serve as a stand-alone topic. So I do my basic Google trends search and to my surprise, the search for cauliflower was trending upward of 40%.
That got me curious. I vaguely remember seeing cauliflower being used as a substitute for potato trending a few months ago. So, what made it trend in the first place? What nutritional benefits does a cauliflower have that a potato doesn’t? Let’s find out.
Cauliflower Nutritional Information
One cup of Cauliflower has quite a lot of essential nutrients, from 73% of the daily value of vitamin C, 19% daily value of vitamin K, and 14% of the daily value of folate. Vitamin C is essential for boosting your immune system and Vitamin K helps with blood clotting and bone health. Folate is essential for brain and nervous system health and it lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
That only scratches the surface of how many minerals and vitamins are even present in a single serving.
You would think that something that offers so much in the way of nutrition would have a high-calorie volume or would mess with your blood sugar. I am happy to say that this couldn’t be further from the truth in the case of cauliflower.
In fact, one cup of cauliflower is equal to 25 calories. Just 25. And the sugar index is practically non-existent at less than 2 grams.
What’s more, cauliflower contains several types of chemicals such as sulforaphane and plant sterols. These are anti-estrogen agents that prevent the growth of cancer cells.
That is one powerful plant!
Try adding incorporating this vegetable into your diet. You may be pleasantly surprised by the results.