6 Reasons Cauliflower is the New Superfood
By Alison Abbey, Special Projects Editor |
Move over kale because there’s a new superfood on the menu: cauliflower. This cruciferous vegetable may not be at the top of your shopping list, but it should be. Here are six reasons to fall in love with cauliflower:
It Will Give Your Brain a Boost
Cauliflower is a natural source of choline, a B vitamin linked to improved cognitive function. This is especially important when you’re pregnant, as choline has been shown to have beneficial lifelong effects on the memories of fetuses.
Get Your Vitamin C
If you’re looking for a new way to boost your vitamin C intake, cauliflower is it. One cup of boiled cauliflower contains almost 100 percent of the recommended daily allotment of vitamin C—more per weight than most other fruits and vegetables.
It Helps With Digestion
The fiber content of cauliflower (9 grams for every 100 calories) provides incredible digestive support. Plus, this well-meaning veggie contains glucoraphanin, which protects the lining of your stomach from an overgrowth of bacteria.
Studies are currently being conducted on the anti-inflammatory benefits of cauliflower, but research shows it can reduce the risk of inflammation-related health problems including Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis and more.
It’s the Ultimate Beauty Food
Not only does cauliflower support weight loss (it’s low calorie and reduces cravings), but it also has a high amount of antioxidants that destroy free radicals, thereby slowing signs of aging on your skin.
It Fights Cancer
Cauliflower contains a sulfur compound that has been shown to kill cancer stem cells and slow tumor growth.