Cauliflower came onto my rader a few weeks ago via a ton of recipe videos on Facebook. They look similar to broccoli, which I find repulsive by the way, but the end results in the videos looked incredibly yummy.
I’ve seen videos for cauliflower rice, cauliflower fried rice, cauliflower pizza crust, cauliflower hash browns and roasted cauliflower. The fried rice and hash browns looked quite appetizing so I decided to conduct some research about cauliflowers and find out if it’s something worth including in my diet.
Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable and contains a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals. While white is the main colour of cauliflower, it is also available in orange, green and purple
Cauliflower also features on the list of 25 foods with the highest ANDI scores. The ANDI (aggregate nutrient density index) rates food on their nutrients per calorie density. The higher the score, the more nutrients are provided in relation to the caloric content.
- Fights cancer causing free radicals in the body. Cauliflower contains sulforaphane, a chemical compound research has shown has the ability to protect the body from cancerous tumours. Sulforaphane can also be found in cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, collards, argula, radish, bok choy and watercess.
- Cauliflower has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that help keep inflammation within your body in check.
- One serving of cauliflower contains up to 77% of the daily-recommended intake of vitamin C.
- It can assist to lower cholesterol levels, maintain heart health and strengthen your immune system.
- A low carb alternative to starchy foods like rice, potatoes and pasta.
- If you are on a detoxifying diet, cauliflower aids in detoxifying the organs as well. You can include it as a midday snack while detoxifying.
Why You Should Add Cauliflower to Your Diet for Hair Growth
In conducting the research for cauliflower, I found 5 vitamins and minerals that are vital to hair growth. They are present in enough amounts to make a difference when it comes to healthy hair and hair growth. They are:
Thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), panthothenic acid (vitamin B5) & folate (vitamin B9): This is a family of vitamins known as B complex. They work in conjunction with each other and often exist in the same types of foods. These vitamins are responsible for strong hair, moisturized hair and healthy follicles.
Vitamin K: This is another family of vitamins that contain K1, K2, & K3. Vitamin K contributes to bone health. Lack of vitamin K in the body manifests itself in brittle bones. Hair loss is one of the signs of brittle bones.
Iron: Iron deficiency is directly linked to weak hair and hair loss. The right iron levels in your body means your body is working at an optimal level to grow healthy hair. Eating foods rich in iron helps keep anemia at bay. You can also do a quick test at the hospital to check your iron and vitamin levels.
Beta-carotene: Deficiency of beta-carotene can lead to hair breakage. Consuming cauliflower will especially help to encourage regrowth in thin areas of your scalp.
Sulphur: The presence of sulphur in cauliflower helps promote hair & nail growth. Sulphur powder (MSM) is one of the ingredients used in a lot of hair growth oils.
If you take any hair, skin and nail supplements, you might have seen some of the vitamins above on the ingredient listing. Now you know why. In addition to the vitamins and minerals above, cauliflower also contains vitamin C (this also enhances the absorption of iron), vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus and protein.
Cauliflower is versatile and can be eaten raw, steamed, roasted, sautéed and stir fried with the best method of cooking being sautéed as this retains the most nutrients while keeping its structural integrity. Adding turmeric to the cauliflower before sautéing also boosts its effectiveness in protecting the body against cancerous growths. I love this recipe from the World’s Healthiest Foods.
The awesome thing about cauliflower is its budget friendly. You can get a medium sized head for as low as AED 5 at your local grocery store. A head can provide a filling meal for up to 4 people.
I will be trying out a few receipes over the next few weeks and upload the results on Instagram & Pinterest. If you aren’t following the page on Instagram & Pinterest already, you can do so HERE & HERE.
Below are some of the recipes I intend to try:
Caution: If you are on anticoagulants, you should speak to your physician before adding cauliflower to your diet.