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Thursday, December 10, 2009


Cauliflower may not be everyone's favorite, but it a very healthy vegetable which can be eaten cooked, roasted, fried, steamed and even raw. In case you don't like it cooked, try it raw; it is refreshing and crunchy and the taste is not as overwhelming as when it's cooked. You can even try it with a ranch or other dip. Yummy!

Even though most of us know cauliflower to be white, it comes in several more colors. Most of these varieties possess different healthy qualities as well: The red variety contains more anti-oxidants then the other colors, while the orange cauliflower provides 25 times more vitamin A.

Here are some more health benefits hidden in this veggie:


A serving (1/6 medium head, 99g) of cauliflower contains only 25 calories and provides an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K, as well as a good source of folate and vitamin B6.

Cauliflower also contains glucosinolates, which trigger your body's own natural antioxidant systems, making it an Antioxidant Superfood. This may explain why Italian researchers found cauliflower compounds suppressed breast cancer cell growth and may even promote cancer cell death.

Moreover, Canadian scientists found that among men with prostate cancer, those who consumed cauliflower more than once per week cut their risk of the cancer turning aggressive by more than 50%.
~Source: Dole Food Facts.

This vegetable is perfect for diets, because it is low in fat, low in carbs and high in fibers. It also provides potassium, phosphorus, vitamin B and K. Studies have shown that Cauliflower prods the body to produce more enzymes to cleanse and detoxify the body.

A very interesting discovery has been made to substantially decrease and even heal prostate cancer; add some Tumeric/Curcumin to cauliflower! Since this veggie also is high in vitamin C, it may assist in fighting inflammatory polyarthritis.

Another thing studies have shown is that cruciferous vegetables, to which cauliflower belongs, provide significant cardiovascular benefits as well.

When buying cauliflower, look for the ones that are creamy, white and without any spots. It is best not to cook it too long, because this produces the poignant smell which many people don't like.

In case your cauliflower comes out looking a little brownish after cooking, you may want to add some lemon juice to it the next time. The brownish color indicates that the veggie reacted with the iron of the cookware. Of course you could also use another pot.

Cauliflower has many options and possibilities for preparation and many great health benefits. You may need to develop a taste for it, but eventually you will succeed in finding a recipe which is pleasing to your tastebuds.

Perseverance is the key, just like with everything else in life. We may not succeed the first time, but the more persistent we are and apply ourselves, the better we will get at it which gives hope for the future. That hope is not in ourselves or our abilities, but the hope is always find hope in and with God!

Romans 5:3-5
3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.


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