Nutrition

Why a functional medicine expert loves cauliflower and its leaves

Why a functional medicine expert loves cauliflower and its leaves
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Cauliflower is a type of brassica vegetable that is high in fiber and phytochemicals, including antioxidant-rich glucosinolates. Sapola also considers “the ability of Brassica vegetables to detoxify metabolically, especially with hormone metabolism” to be very impressive. “They have such an impact,” she adds. Cauli is also a type of cruciferous vegetable, providing benefits for gut health, blood sugar, heart health, and more. It’s no wonder cauliflower has become such a trendy, nutritious staple (cauliflower “pasta,” anyone?).

However, to get the most out of this nutritious crop, Sapola recommends consuming the whole plant, leaves and all. “You can even eat the outer leaves,” she notes, as they’re rich in vitamins and nutrients. (Try drizzling them in olive oil and frying or grilling them!) Bottom line? Cauliflower is one of the most versatile vegetables you can find; if you’re looking for recipe inspiration, here are some more tips to keep things interesting:

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