Plants and Health

Cauliflower: benefits and virtues


Cauliflower or Brassica botrytis, belongs to the Brassicaceae (Cruciferae) family like the broccoli and all cabbage. It also responds to the name of "Cyprus cabbage".

There are several varieties, white, green, purple and even orange. These varieties are available depending on the season. So you can enjoy cauliflower all year round.

France has established itself in the production of cauliflower. Brittany, Normandy and the north of France are the regions which ensure the French production of cauliflower.

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Cauliflower, for the record

Cauliflower originates from the Near East. Long before our era it was already cultivated by the Egyptians.

During ancient times he was worshiped by Greeks and Romans.

Then the cauliflower arrived in France in the 16th century, by the Italians.

In the 17th century, Louis XIV requested the importation of seeds from Cyprus, hence its name "Cyprus cabbage".

The Sun King loved cauliflower. This is how this vegetable became very popular in France.

Cauliflower, virtues and health benefits

Cauliflower, which is 85% water, also provides many vitamins, minerals: calcium (22 mg / 100g) for bones, magnesium (15mg / 100g) and potassium (299 mg / 100g) in a very interesting quantity to regulate the tension. But also other nutrients essential to the body such as iron, against anemia and finally protein .

Cauliflower is low in calories. It only provides 25 kcal / 100g. It has its place in low-calorie diets in the hunt for pounds. This vegetable does not provide any cholesterol, so it is recommended for people who are overweight or have type 2 diabetes.

Cauliflower is a very good anti-oxidant. It protects the heart from cardiovascular disease. It also prevents the onset of cancer, by protecting our cells from damage caused by free radicals and by delaying tumor growth.

Cauliflower is also a source of vitamin C (57.9 mg / 100g), an ally for the body. It stimulates the immune system, participates in the defense of the body.

For cardiac function, cauliflower improves lblood pressure

Cauliflower is also beneficial to the digestive tract. Rich in fiber (2.5g), cauliflower regulates transit, helps the progression of the food bolus. It is recommended in case of constipation. In addition, fibers quickly satiate. This avoids repeated snacking.

Cauliflower is an excellent anti-inflammatory. It can reduce the symptoms of arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.

It also brings vitamin B beneficial to brain functions like memory. Or the B9, which in the fetus stimulates the development of the nervous system.

With its 85% water, cauliflower is a diuretic, cauliflower participates in the detoxification from the body, to the elimination of toxins.

Low in salt, cauliflower consumption is indicated to people with high blood pressure.

Cauliflower is also recommended for pregnant women and people with anemia. It is not contraindicated in the diet of diabetics.

Cauliflower in the kitchen

Cauliflower is almost zero in lipid intake.

How to eat cauliflower to benefit from its health benefits?

Cauliflower is eaten raw, cooked steam or in gratin. It is also appreciated in soup, in velvety. And why not in mash potatoes?

However, when cooked, cauliflower loses its nutritional qualities.

Taste the cauliflower raw as an aperitif. We love it soaked in mayonnaise or a white cheese Roquefort sauce. Cauliflower goes very well with other vegetables: carrots, cucumbers, radishes.

We can also add it to our salad.

Gourmet idea: cold salad of beans, tomatoes, cooked cauliflower, potato and shallot.

Cauliflower goes very well with meats, chicken or beef bourguignon cutlets, or even certain fish (cod for example).

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When cooked, cauliflower may emit bitterness. This can be remedied by adding milk to its cooking or a crouton of bread.

To avoid unpleasant odors from cauliflower while it is cooking, you can use flavorings to flavor it. In particular a bouquet of laurel. Or, lightly sweeten your cauliflower.

Cauliflower, beauty tip :

Cauliflower is good for the skin. Indeed its anti-oxidant properties fight the aging early in the skin, stimulate cell renewal.

Cauliflower could remove moles. Apply cauliflower juice to the moles daily. Effective, natural and inexpensive trick.

Smart Corner About Cauliflower

Choosing and storing your cauliflower: Prefer a tight bouquet, unblemished. To store it, keep it in the crisper in your refrigerator for only 3 to 4 days.

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