Cauliflower is very easy to find every time you eat vegetable soup. Cauliflower is generally yellowish or greenish white, but some are purple and orange. Behind the beautiful colors, cauliflower turns out to have a myriad of health benefits, you know. Curious about the benefits of cauliflower? Come on, find out through the following reviews.
What are the nutrients in cauliflower?
Although most cauliflower is white, this does not mean cauliflower is poor in vitamins and minerals, you know. In fact, cauliflower is rich in vitamins and minerals that are not inferior to other green vegetables.
According to the Balanced Nutrition Guidelines from the Indonesian Ministry of Health, every 100 grams of raw cauliflower contains 25 calories, 5 grams of carbohydrates consisting of 3 grams of fiber and 2 grams of sugar, 30 milligrams of sodium, and 1 gram of protein. In the same amount, cauliflower can also meet 77 percent of daily vitamin C needs, 19 percent of vitamin K needs, 2 percent of calcium needs, and 2 percent of your daily iron.
Judging from the nutritional content, cauliflower includes vegetables that are very low in calories, but high in fiber. This is certainly good news for those of you who are on a diet.
The reason is, the fiber content of cauliflower can make you full longer so that you avoid eating crazy. In fact, you can eat lots of cauliflower without fear of rising weight because of the low-calorie content.
In addition, cauliflower also contains carotenoids, tocopherols, and ascorbic acid. These three types of compounds include antioxidants that are useful for protecting body cells from chronic diseases.
Benefits of cauliflower for health
1. Reducing the risk of cancer
People who rarely eat cauliflower are found to be more at risk of cancer than people who eat cauliflower more often, as stated by the National Cancer Institute. This is influenced by sulforaphane compounds and indoles in cauliflower which is touted as anti-cancer substances.
In addition, cauliflower also contains two antioxidant compounds called glucosinolates and isothiocyanates. These two types of antioxidants have been shown to be effective in inhibiting the division of tumor cells so they do not develop into cancer cells. According to the study, cauliflower can inhibit cell growth of prostate cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer.
2. Improve heart health
A study published in 2015 Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, sulforaphane has anti-inflammatory properties that can help protect the body from hypertension, atherosclerosis, stroke and heart disease.
The content of sulforaphane in cauliflower acts to strengthen blood vessels while helping to reduce high blood pressure. When blood pressure can be controlled properly, this means your heart does not need to work hard to pump blood throughout the body.
The stronger the blood vessels coupled with smooth blood flow, the easier it is for you to avoid the risk of heart disease.
For those of you who experience digestive problems, try to eat more and often cauliflower. Because, one of the benefits of cauliflower can help smooth digestion while preventing all digestive disorders, such as constipation, diverticulitis (diverticulum inflammation, sacs in the large intestine), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Cauliflower contains 3 grams of fiber which can meet your 10 percent daily fiber needs. These fiber-rich foods can help push feces through the digestive system more easily. Not only does it make digestion smoother, it can also help maintain the health of your colon.
To get all the benefits of cauliflower, you are recommended to consume 1.5 to 2.5 cups or the equivalent of 150 to 250 grams of cauliflower every week. You can process it into warm soups, salads, or sauteed vegetables to taste.