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A-Z of Superfoods: Cauliflower

A-Z of Superfoods: Cauliflower

This pale vegetable may not win any beauty contests, but it's a gold medal winner in terms of nutritional density. Don't pass it up, and it will reward you with these amazing health benefits.

Packed with antioxidants

Cauliflower contains high levels of two key antioxidants - vitamin c and manganese. Just one cup of cooked cauliflower gives you 55mg of vitamin C, plus high levels of vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, B6, folic acid, protein, phosphorus and potassium. Cauliflower also contains betacarotene and phytonutrients which, eaten regularly, will help protect you from free radical damage.

Cancer prevention

Cauliflower contains sulforaphane, a compound which slows tumour growth by killing cancer stem cells. Add some anti-carcinogenic turmeric and you have a cancer-blasting combination.

Anti-inflammatory

Cauliflower contains large amounts of anti-inflammatory nutrients such as vitamin K and omega 3. Making it a regular addition to your meals, it can help decrease the risk of inflammation-related diseases such as arthritis and colitis. The anti-inflammatory effect also helps boost healthy blood flow to the heart and other essential organs.

High in fibre

Cauliflower is very high in fibre, over 9 grams in every 100 calories, helping to clean your digestive system. Research has shown that the pungent;glucosinolates in cauliflower can help protect your stomach lining, improve colon health and reduce your risk of stomach cancer, Crohn's disease, obesity and IBS.

Versatile

Stretch your cookery muscles beyond cauliflower cheese. You can eat cauliflower raw (try it with some hummus), add it sliced to salads, and cook creatively with it. Cauliflower, egg and potato curry is delicious and healthy. This roasted cauliflower will blow you away. You can even mash it with some seasoning for healthy mashed 'potatoes'. Let us know your favourite recipe ideas while you enjoy the health benefits!

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Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for Hussle. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.

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