Despite being a paler relation of the brassica family, Cauliflower has many of the same health benefits as Broccoli (see Brilliant Broccoli ) and should be considered in a healthy diet.
It has a low GI index and is High in Vitamin C, K and Folic Acid as well as being a good source of dietary fibre.
Most people are aware of how good Vitamin C and K are for you, but what about Folic Acid? We often hear about it being used a s a supplement during pregnancy, But what is it and why do we need it?
Humans cannot synthesize folic acid themselves; therefore, it has to be supplied through the diet to meet the daily requirements. The human body needs it to synthesize and repair DNA, as well as to act as a cofactor in certain biological reactions. It is especially important in aiding rapid cell division and growth, such as in infancy and pregnancy. Both children and adults both require folic acid to make healthy red blood cells and prevent anaemia.
It is believed that having a good supply of Folic acid
- Supports red blood cell production and help prevent anaemia
- Help prevent homocysteine build-up in your blood
- Supports cell production, especially in your skin
- Allows nerves to function properly
- Helps prevent osteoporosis-related bone fractures
- Helps prevent dementias including Alzheimer’s disease
Signs that you may need more Folic Acid in your diet include
- Mental fatigue, forgetfulness, or confusion
- General or muscular fatigue
- Gingivitis or periodontal disease
Cauliflower is an incredibly versatile food. It can be cut up finely and steamed or stir fried to use as a substitute for rice or potatoes in a dish, it can be a side dish to a main course or it can be the main event in a curry or soup. However you choose to eat them, fresh fruits and vegetables help us to maintain a healthy mind and body, and are delicious too…
….How will you be eating yours this week?