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Cauliflower benefits:Nutrition and it's History

Cauliflower vegetable


Cauliflower is a vegetable. The head or curd of cauliflower is commonly eaten as food or as a medicine.

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that belongs to the Brassicaceae family, which includes broccoli, kale and cabbage. Its name comes from the Latin word ‘caulis’ which means cabbage with a flower.
Cauliflower is taken by mouth as an antioxidant and to increase urination; for anemia, menopause, scurvy, and weight loss; and to prevent bladder cancer, breast cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, lung cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, osteoporosis, and prostate cancer.

Cauliflower is said to have been cultivated in the eastern Mediterranean region; from there it spreads towards central and western Europe before spreading internationally, even in hot countries where it is grown in the cooler mountain areas above 1,000 m.

During the last 400 years, white-headed cauliflower spread from Italy to central and northern Europe, which became secondary centers of diversity for annual and biennial types.

CAULIFLOWER NUTRITION FACTS


Cauliflower is a great source of several important vitamins and minerals. Each serving is low in cauliflower calories, yet loaded with vitamin C, vitamin K, and many B-vitamins.

One cup of raw cauliflower contains these key nutrients:

25 calories
Carbohydrates: 5.3 grams
Protein: 2 grams
Fiber: 2.5 grams
Vitamin C: 77% of the DV
Vitamin K: 20% of the DV
Folate: 14% of the DV
Vitamin B6: 11% of the DV
Potassium: 9% of the DV
Manganese: 8% of the DV
Pantothenic acid: 7% of the DV
Magnesium: 4% of the DV
Phosphorus: 4% of the DV
Thiamine: 4% of the DV
Riboflavin: 4% of the DV
Niacin: 3% of the DV
Zinc: 2% of the DV
Copper: 2% of the DV
Calcium: 2% of the DV
Iron: 2% of the DV

Top Benefits of cauliflower


1.Great For Digestive Health


Due to its high dietary fiber content, cauliflower is great for your digestive system. Consuming more cauliflower means a lower risk of digestive problems like bloating, constipation, and inflammatory bowel disease. The fiber present in cauliflower also helps in preventing bacterial growth in the stomach. 

2.Improves Brain Health


Cauliflower contains an adequate amount of choline. Choline is a water-soluble essential nutrient that is usually grouped within the B-complex vitamins. Studies show that consumption of higher levels of choline during pregnancy (about double the recommended pregnancy intake) is linked to beneficial epigenetic (arising from nongenetic influences on gene expression) changes in the fetus that likely last into adulthood.

3.Prevents Cancer


According to 1mg.com,"Studies have shown that eating cauliflower can significantly cut the risk of cancer affecting the breasts, bladder, colon, prostrate and ovaries. Presence of compounds ‘Sulforaphane’ and ‘Glucosinolate’ present in cauliflower prevents cancer cells from growing and multiplying."

4.Boosts Heart


According to a study from the University of Kentucky, a diet rich in fiber could possibly reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Fiber seems to have a positive effect on lowering cholesterol and blood pressure levels. The high Potassium content of cauliflower offers additional help in blood pressure control. 


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