As a child, I wasn’t really a fan of cauliflower. The whole shape and texture were a real put off.
However, over the years, probably due to lack of choice, I have begun to enjoy this veggie thoroughly, and I am glad I have. It has so many health benefits, and I thought I would list them here today.
Firstly, cauliflower is packed with nutrients. Not only does it contain a good quantity of fibre; it also is
rich in minerals such as potassium, manganese and phosphorus. It is a good source of B complex vitamins and folic acid as well.
One serving of cauliflower contains around 3 grams of fibre, which can help maintain healthy bowels and a healthy heart. The fibre also helps lower cholesterol and has a role in cancer prevention as well.
As with most vegetables, cauliflower is a good source of powerful antioxidants – a group of compounds that can fight harmful free radicals that are responsible for numerous medical conditions and even premature ageing.
Given that over 90% of cauliflower is water, it becomes a low calorie yet highly nutritious food source that can help you lose weight.
Most importantly, cauliflower has choline – a nutrient that is essential in synthesis of DNA. Choline has a role in maintaining healthy brain function and has been found to help lower the risk of heart disease, liver disease and even memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease.
Make sure you get your weekly portion of cauliflower as a part of your healthy diet!
Dr Vivek Baliga is a medical practitioner and the director of a diagnostic center – Baliga Diagnostics – in Bangalore. He specializes in diabetes and heart disease, and is a visiting consultant in Internal Medicine at corporate hospitals. He is married and has one son.