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Health Benefits of Cauliflower

Updated on January 6, 2015
Cauliflower grown at home garden
Cauliflower grown at home garden | Source

Cauliflower Benefits

Cauliflower is one of the regular vegetables in most of our kitchens . Many of us use it just as a vegetable without really understanding its health benefits and rich nutrients. Though Cauliflower is grown all over the world it is grown mainly in California. The other countries are France, China, Italy and India. Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable, and belong to the same plant family as broccoli, kale, cabbage and collards.

Main Cauliflower Benefits

The main benefits of cauliflower are anti-toxidant and anti-inflammatory elements.

  • Do you know Cauliflower has very law calories which in turn reduces our cholesterol ?
  • Do you know Cauliflower has many anti-cancer qualities such as sulforaphane and indole 3 carbinol?These qualities can help to prevent cancers like prostate cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer etc, to some extend.
  • It contains a lipid soluble compound called Di-indole methane (DIM) which is helping in fighting against Human papilloma virus (HPV).
  • If you are looking for rich source of Vitamin C, to fight against infections and cancer by strengthening our immune system, then Cauliflower has it.
  • We need B Complex group of vitamins for our health, which is seen plenty in Cauliflower . These vitamins are vitamins B5, Vitamin B 6, Vitamin B 1,Vitamin B 3, and Vitamin K.
  • We also need minerals like manganese, copper, iron, calcium and potassium and these are also available in Cauliflower.

Cauliflower Plants

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Cultivating Cauliflowers at Home

Cultivating cauliflowers at home is quite possible. Those who do not have a kitchen garden can grow their cauliflowers in the containers on the terrace. For this one should obtain good quality of seeds from the market. They are even available online for purchase.

Some Cauliflower Recipes

We can make several delicious recipes with this nutritional vegetable, such as pakora, thoran, curry, masala mix, cauliflower peas curry etc. Even biriyani can also be made with cauliflower. Please watch the video.

Video of Cauliflower Vegetable Biriyani

Video of a Cauliflower Recipe

Video of Cauliflower Masala Mix

Cautions

  • Though Cauliflower is good in many ways excessive use of these vegetable can harm us such as swelling of thyroid gland (goitre).
  • While cooking,it is advisable to immerse the cut pieces in warm water, where salt and turmeric powder is added, for about 10 -15 minutes to get rid of any worms it may contain.
  • Since cauliflower contains a substance called purines, people who are suffering from gouts or kidney problems should not use cauliflower regularly.
  • People with any medical problems should consult a physician regarding the use of cauliflower in their regular diets.
  • Like any other vegetables, cauliflower should not be overcooked.

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    • Gypsy Willow profile image

      Gypsy Willow 

      6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Glad to know we are eating healthily as we love cauliflower. Your plants look very healthy too. Well done!

    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR

      lex123 

      6 years ago

      Thanks chspublish for stopping by and appreciating my hub. Until I spent adequate time on searching the net for its various health benefits I too was ignorant of the amazing benefits of cauliflower. That is the reason I decided to write this hub.

    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR

      lex123 

      6 years ago

      Thanks Ruchira. Yesterday I too made cauliflower recipe, and then I decided to search on the net for its various benefits, and I was amazed with the outcome, and hence this hub.

    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR

      lex123 

      6 years ago

      Thanks RickMc for reading and commenting the hub. Since cauliflower contains very low calories no wonder your recipe "faux mashed potatoes" was tasty and healthy.

    • chspublish profile image

      chspublish 

      6 years ago from Ireland

      Thanks for bringing the health benefits of this most ordinary vegetable to my attention. I had no idea it had such good properties.

    • Ruchira profile image

      Ruchira 

      6 years ago from United States

      gosh such a co-incidence...I made cauliflower last nite for dinner...lol

      thanks for the info, lex123.

    • RickMc profile image

      RickMc 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      I usually eat cauliflower raw, and my dad raised lots of it in his garden when I was a kid. But my wife and I were on a diet a few years ago that had a recipe for "faux mashed potatoes" made with cooked, softened and mashed cauliflower. It looked like real mashed potatoes and tasted great!

    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR

      lex123 

      6 years ago

      Thanks Tonymead for stopping by and leaving a comment. Glad to know it was helpful to you. As I mentioned in this hub many times we don't know the health benefits of what we eat, until we do a lot of search on the net.

    • tonymead60 profile image

      Tony Mead 

      6 years ago from Yorkshire

      Hi

      I've just finished a hub on making picalilli which uses quite a lot of cauliflower, I didn't know of its health benefits, thanks for sharing.

      tony

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