Cauliflower seems to be popping up a lot lately. People are using the cruciferous vegetable to replace some of their favorite, most-beloved carbs. It’s being used in pizza crust, in place of potatoes in tater tots, and as a rice replacement. People are mixing cauliflower with egg and making cauliflower bread. While not everyone likes cauliflower, it’s good the vegetable is back on the radar.
A “Powerhouse” Vegetable
Cauliflower has many healthy attributes. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) placed it on a list of “powerhouse fruits and vegetables,” or vegetables strongly associated with reduced chronic disease risk. Cauliflower, along with green leafy vegetables, yellow or orange vegetables, and citrus fruits are among the top choices on this list. A study conducted by the CDC looked at these fruits and vegetables and rated them based on their nutrition density, which was derived from information known about the foods and the percent of daily value they contribute to someone’s diet. Cauliflower is one of the foods the CDC believes could play a role in protecting against some chronic diseases, such as heart disease or cancer.
Lots of Goodness Packed into One Cup
Cauliflower is rich in vitamins that can help keep you healthy – especially vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, and folate. In fact, studies show that just one cup of raw cauliflower can satisfy:
- 10 percent or more of your daily vitamin B6 and folate needs
- 20 percent of your daily vitamin K needs
- 77 percent of your daily vitamin C needs
On top of all that, it’s low in calories, a good source of carbohydrates, and low in sugar, and one cup can provide 2 grams of protein.
Are There Any Concerns?
While cauliflower is an all-around great choice when it comes to healthy eating, for some people, too much of this healthy food might have a negative impact. This is especially true if you’re taking a blood thinner. Too much vitamin K may cause an adverse reaction with certain blood thinner medications. This doesn’t necessarily mean cauliflower is forbidden. It just means you may need to eat a moderate amount. Talk with your doctor about whether your medications coome with dietary restrictions.
Dr. Anand is a board-certified Family Medicine physician who’s accepting new patients at The Woodlands Clinic. She helps her patients make informed decisions about their healthcare through education and by fostering long-lasting relationships based on trust.