Photograph by Carole Topalian
Cauliflower provides vitamin K, which helps maintain strong bones and allows blood to clot—you can stop your own bleeding if you cut yourself while chopping. It also contains folate, which prevents changes to DNA that may lead to cancer, as well as potassium, a mineral that supports muscle maintenance, heart function and lowers blood pressure. Finally, it’s an excellent source of vitamin C, which serves double duty as both an anti-aging, disease fighting antioxidant, and an essential vitamin required for healing and immunity.
Another recent study found that the sulforaphane in cruciferous vegetables protects the bends and branches of blood vessels—areas most prone to cholesterol build up and inflammation. Translation: This makes it a potent protector of your heart. Finally, cauliflower enhances digestive health. Its three grams of dietary fiber per cooked cup help exercise digestive muscles to keep them strong and healthy. And the heart-protective sulforaphane has also been shown to fight H. pylori, the bacteria tied to ulcers and stomach cancer.
If vibrant colors are more stimulating to your palate, opt for purple cauliflower. Its gorgeous hue comes from anthocyanins, the same pigments responsible for the color of blueberries and grapes, which are tied to immune support, as well as a lower risk of obesity, heart disease and cancer—essentially providing health protection on a plate.
- Curried Cauliflower Soup
- Roasted Cauliflower Steaks
- Cauliflower Gratin
- Pickled Lemon & Cauliflower
- Roasted Garlic & Cauliflower Pureé
- Cauliflower with Herbed Breadcrumbs
- Spanish: Coliflor
- French: Chou Fleur
- Italian: Cavolfiore
- German: Blumenkohl
- Swedish: blomk