Cauliflower is cool now. Once taken for granted by gourmands due to its modest and unobtrusive flavor, this cruciferous vegetable has gained favor with diners across the spectrum. It’s increasingly seen as an ingredient in upscale restaurants and is used by flavor-conscious nutritional food brands such as Kevin’s Natural Foods, proving it can be delicious as well as healthy.
Here are some of the reasons cauliflower has become so popular. We’ll also answer the important question, “is cauliflower really good for you?”
Cauliflower is Popping With Powerful Nutrients
First and foremost, cauliflower is packed with fiber. Fiber helps with digestion, and many Americans don’t get nearly as much fiber as they need. Indeed, introducing more fiber into your diet through a tasty new cauliflower habit can have positive effects throughout the body, not the least of which is a serious edge in losing weight.
It’s also got B vitamins and choline, which aid in mental function, along with antioxidants and sulforaphane, which may protect against cancer. It has 100% of the daily recommended allowance of vitamin C and 25% of recommended vitamin K.
Altogether, cauliflower contains almost every vitamin and mineral that’s needed for healthy human functioning. Small wonder, then, that cauliflower clocks in at #24 on the Centers for Disease Control’s rundown of “powerhouse fruits and vegetables!”
Cauliflower is a Part of Many Popular Diets
Cauliflower is low in sodium, and it’s about 92% water, and any diet plan worth its salt should promote improved hydration!
Its payload of fiber makes it a smart part of a comprehensive weight-loss plan, but it’s included in many popular diets for other reasons, as well. It’s relatively low in calories. And for carb-averse consumers, it’s a healthy alternative to white rice, legumes, and other grains higher in carbohydrates.
Cauliflower Has Range
Children, picky eaters, and other cauliflower skeptics have complained about its lack of a distinctive natural flavor. However, that’s exactly what makes it so versatile as an ingredient.
This humble veggie is ready to serve in a whole host of healthy and creative recipes and can hold together anything from a pizza crust to Paleo-approved Teriyaki Chicken. Many vegetarians and vegans even use it as a standalone alternative to meat, mashed potatoes, and more. It tastes good raw or cooked, and in case you’re unimpressed by its pale color, you should know that it also comes in purple, green, and orange.
For these reasons and more, cauliflower is one of our favorite ingredients at Kevin’s Natural Foods, where we believe in eating healthy, even on-to-go, without sacrificing the flavor, texture, and delightful surprises that make life worthwhile.
Give the nutritious, delicious power of cauliflower your consideration - try it with one of our entrees today!