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Cauliflower or Broccoli?

Updated on January 31, 2020

Introduction Of Cauliflower

In the 1st century AD, Pliny the Elder, a Roman author , a naturalist and natural philosopher, included what he called cyma among his de-scriptions of cultivated plans in Natural History. In the book he stated, ''Ex omnibus brassicae generibus suavissima est cyma,'' which means ''Of all the varieties of cabbage the most pleasent-tasted is cyma .'' It was introduced to India in 1822 from England by the British and this is how we have it in Bangladesh now.

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable which belongs in the plant family 'Brassica Oleracea ' in the genus Brassica, which is in the family Brassicaceae. Brassica oleracea also includes broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbahe , collard greens, and kale, collectively called ''cole'' crops.

Cauliflower Benefits

  • It keeps your bones healthy
  • It helps with detox
  • It aids in reducing high blood pressure
  • It strengthens your immune system
  • It helps reduce the risk of cancer

Introduction of Broccoil

As we have come to the cauliflower's family , now let's talk about its ''brother'', broccoil. This vegetable was becomeing famous in every country. Broccoil cultivation is increasing day by day. Broccoli was developed from wild cabbage during Roman times, and was enjoyed immensely by the Romans. Broccoli was introduced to the United States during colonial times, but did not gain popularity until the 1920’s.

The battle between cauliflower and broccoil is going on since forever now , some people believe that cauliflower is a better vegetable than broccoli whereas there are a fair number of consumers who begs to differ.

Both broccoil and cauliflower are filled with lots of essential minerals and vitamins that are extremely important for the body.

Broccoil Benefits

  • It helps to prevent breast and uterus cancer
  • It helps to reduces cholesterol levels
  • It aids in improved eye health
  • It reduces allergic reaction
  • It is good for immunity and bones

Do You Know Which Veggie Has More Nutrient Content?

Broccoil is a rich source of folate and has more calories than cauliflower. Cauliflower due to its low calorie content is ideal for people who are trying to lose weight. Folate is beneficial for the formation of red blood cells which is needed for good hear health.

Broccoil is also high on calcium, and healthy calcium suppresses the extra fat and helps in managing bone health. Both cauliflower and broccoil has more content of manganese that helps in building the bone density. Therefore broccoil is essential for people with arthritis and other bone issues.

Broccoil contents a lot of vitamins like A,C,K that makes it an ideal vegetable to complete a balanced diet. On the other hand, cauliflower does not contain vitamin A and the content of vitamin K and C is comparatively lower than broccoil. Vitamin A is extremly important for good eyesight whereas, and vitamin C is needed for healthy heart and skin.Vitamin C provides antioxidants that help to flush out the free radicals and toxins from the body. Vitamin K is a fat-soluable protein which helps in normal blood clotting and also it ensures good bone health.

Another benefit of broccoil over cauliflower is that it contents phytonutrients that help in the detox process. It also contains very little amount of saturated fatty acids; it also has a higher amount of polyunsaturated fatty acid that is needed for the body.

Both of these are rich in dietary fibers, that keeps you satiated for a longer period and also keeps a check on your suger level. Broccoli and cauliflower are also rich source of protein. Consuming them daily can help in boosting your metabolism. Fibre and protein content in broccoil are higher than cauliflower which makes it a better choice for people who have digestive issues.

Finally, we can conclude that broccoli has an upper hand when it comes to its nutrient content but cauliflower is also essential for the body.

Which Food Items Can Be Made?

Cooking methods can impact the nutrient content and health benefits of broccoli. Boiling can leach up to 90% of the valuable nutrients from broccoli, while steaming, roasting, stir-frying, and microwaving tends to preserve the nutrients.

Besides making curries which are popular in some country, some other items can be prepared with this two flower culm vegetable items.

Some food items can be prepared with cauliflower instead of grains of legumes like cauliflower rice which is a good replacement of white or brown rice and cauliflower bread.

There are some special food items which can be made by broccoil also such as broccoil baked, broccoil salad , chatpatti broccoil, broccoil Soup, Broccoil pasta etc.


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