Author: Francesca - Mr Lee's
Heard of cauliflower pizza bases or seen recipes for cauliflower rice? What used to be seen as a boring vegetable, has now become more popular than ever. This renewed interest in cauliflower is not only due to food and dietary trends like the ones mentioned above but also because of its versatility and numerous health benefits.
Lucy Baldwin, Nutritional Therapist, has helped us answer some questions around this cruciferous vegetable.
Why is cauliflower a superfood?
Cauliflower is a nutrient rich vegetable, boasting a vast amount of vitamins and minerals, and is also a great source of fibre and antioxidants. Not only does it promote a healthier complexion and increased energy but it has also shown to reduce the chance of developing certain health conditions.
"I encourage all my clients to include cruciferous foods containing sulforaphane in their daily diets as they provide a long list of benefits" says Lucy Baldwin.
What is cauliflower good for?
This vegetable contains an abundance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidant and phytonutrients all highly beneficial for health.
- It supports immunity, helps in bone formation and muscle movement.
- Its high amount of choline plays a key role in brain development and therefore, improves learning and memory skills.
- It’s also high in fibre which allows it to promote digestive health, aiding in bowel regularity, reducing inflammation and boosting both immunity and mood. However, it’s important to note that cauliflower is a high FODMAP food, which may cause problems for those with IBS.
- Cauliflower can also aid in weight management. Its fibre content promotes satiety, slowing down digestion and regulating blood sugar, making you feel fuller.
"Cauliflower contains a powerful phytonutrient called sulforaphane which once inside the body activates the NFR2 pathway which is the body's strongest defence against oxidative stress and aging. It reduces inflammation, may help to protect against cancer, boosts liver detoxification, increases glutathione, improves cardiovascular health and is beneficial for our gut flora” Lucy Baldwin explains.
Cauliflower is part of the cruciferous vegetable family (broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts, bok choy) and it is always optimal to vary these vegetables in your diet so that you gain the benefits of what they all have to offer.
How to enjoy cauliflower?
Cauliflower is easy to add to your diet. Consume it raw or cooked in a variety of forms: boiled, steamed, roasted or sauteed. It’s a very cheap and versatile ingredient, add it to your stir-fries, noodle soups, salads or curries.
For this summer period, our Executive chef Andy Chu, recommends a fresh cauliflower couscous dish which will not disappoint! Another option is trying our Healthy Korean Sticky Chicken recipe by swapping the chicken for cauliflower.
If you are in search of something quick and convenient, our Coconut Chicken Laksa rice noodles contain real pieces of cauliflower and are available on our online store, Amazon or Ocado. We are also working on some new products which may or may not include cauliflowers florets, so keep an eye out!