Cauliflower...This Veggie Has Taken Over!
An increase in demand for plant-based, gluten-free, and low-carb options has opened the doors for cauliflower to get the royal treatment.
It makes a delicious alternative that can be added to many comfort food recipes, replacing rice, creamy sauces and even pizza crusts.
This versatile veggie is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables and is packed full of phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. As a result, sales for packaged cauliflower products grew 71 percent last year, according to Nielsen.
In fact, 67% of Americans said they prioritized healthy or socially conscious food purchases in 2018, according to a survey by Label Insight, who specializes in ingredient and attribute data analysis.
Cauliflower provides amazing health benefits.
Good For Digestion
It is full of dietary fiber, which supports digestive health. In addition, it contains antioxidants and sulfur-containing nutrients that support Phase 1 and Phase 2 detox antioxidants that support detoxification.
Although inflammation is a necessary response, inflammation triggered by your immune system without a cause is often a sign of dis-ease. Cauliflower contains the anti-inflammatory compound indole-3-carbinol that may help reduce inflammation responses.
Brain Health Booster
The brain needs nutrients to boost cognitive function. Cauliflower is a good source of the B-vitamin choline. Choline plays a role in brain development, improves learning, memory and decreases age-related memory decline.
As cousin to broccoli, cauliflower is not the only cruciferous vegetable option. Consider collard greens, kale, bok choy, cabbage, mustard greens, radishes or turnips if cauliflower is not your favorite food. These vegetables contain as much as 25 percent of the daily value of protein in three cups.
But if you do love it as much as many, try substituting cauliflower for meat in dishes like these cauliflower tacos or blending them to make "mashed potatoes".
Its best to buy caulifower heads without brown or yellow soft spots or you can get them already pureed or frozen.
Check out brands like Caulipower, From the Ground Up, Vegan Ron's and Cauli'flour Foods. They offer everything from pretzels, crackers, cauli puffs and pizza crust using flour from this protein-rich veggie.
However you choose to eat it, remember cauliflower is as good for you as it looks.