Since childhood, most of us have had cauliflower or gobhi as a vegetable in our tiffins, for dinner at home. Some restaurants also serve chilli gobhi which tastes really good. But when we think of rice, can you ever imagine cauliflower rice? Well, people who have embarked on the weight loss journey might have. In case you haven't, cauliflower rice is a boon for weight loss and you must give it a try. It has so many health benefits that you will be amazed! Scroll down to know more.
Cauliflower is well known to be low in calories. It is high in vitamins like c, B6, K, and also has minerals.
Gobhi is high in fiber which is good for the body. It feeds the healthy bacteria in our gut which keeps inflammation in check. It also promotes digestion, taking care of constipation and bowel movement.
Cauliflower is just 25 calories per cup so you can eat a lot without worrying about putting on weight. It makes you feel full due to the slow digestion and reduces the number of calories you consume. It is high on water content and to be specific, it is said to have 92% water.
Protect your skin cells from inflammation and harmful free radicals with cauliflower as it is a rich source of antioxidants. This vegetable's antioxidants are also said to slow the growth of cancer cells. It may be able to help in protecting you against breast, lung, and colon cancer. The presence of carotenoid and flavonoid antioxidants are said to have anti-cancer effects and this may help in reducing the risk of heart diseases
Choline is an important nutrient which many of us lack. Here is where cauliflower steps in. This vege is high on this nutrient which helps in maintaining the integrity of cell membranes, supports our metabolism and it also helps in synthesizing DNA. Choline is also a part of the process the body needs in brain development. Therefore this nutrient is important in maintaining a healthy nervous system.
Those who lack this nutrient, are said to have a higher risk of liver and heart disease apart from neurological disorders like Alzheimer's and dementia.
Low Carb Alternative
You can have cauliflower rice instead of grains and legumes. This way your veggie intake increases and you have low carb food. You can cook grated cauliflower and have it has rice. You can make pizza crust using only cauliflower, hummus made from gobhi, cauliflower mash, and macaroni and cheese with cauliflower.
Other ways to consuming cauliflower are in the form of soups, salads, stir fry, roasting with spices, or even in casseroles.
We would recommend that you first consult your nutritionist before depending only on cauliflower as every body reacts differently.
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