health benefits of cauliflower are in the antioxidants that it contains
which help protect against cancer and other diseases. A cruciferous
vegetable, cauliflower means "cabbage flower" derived from the
Latin terms caulis (cabbage)
and floris (flower).
Cauliflower has been around since the sixth century B.C. This is a
popular vegetable around the world, and in the U.S., it 's
mainly in California.
Cauliflower contains a lot of vitamins and nutrients that provide many
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Cauliflower is a rich source of vitamin
C and selenium, which act as
antioxidants and help strengthen the immune system by fighting
against infections such as the common cold, flu, and bronchitis.
Research has shown that the vitamin C in cauliflower can help reduce
the wheezing in children suffering from asthma.
A good source of potassium
and fiber and low in calories, fat, and
cholesterol, cauliflower is a great addition
to a heart-healthy diet. Potassium and fiber help reduce high blood
pressure. It's also low in sodium and is another reason to include this
vegetable in your diet if you have hypertension. Serve raw with a
low-fat dip like yogurt.
Cauliflower contains a substance called allicin (also present in onion
and garlic), which helps prevent heart attack and other cardiovascular
A good source of phytonutrients such as sulforaphane
isothiocyanate, can help the liver to neutralize toxic substances that
cause cancer. Studies show that cauliflower, like other cruciferous
vegetables, can reduce the risk of lung, colon, breast, ovarian and
Cauliflower also provides fiber which prevents constipation
prevent colon cancer.
Cauliflower can be eaten raw or cooked. It's very popular in Indian
cooking and is steamed, stir-fried, added to soups and curries.
Cauliflower has so much to offer healthwise, you just cannot ignore
Select cauliflower that feels solid, and has no
blemishes, with outer leaves green and fresh.
Cook cauliflower whole or separated into florets (as
Immerse in warm water for 10-15 minutes to remove any
worms, dirt etc.
Add milk or lemon juice to maintain whiteness when
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