Cabbage, White Button Mushrooms, Cauliflower: Do They Have Nutritional Value?
Value: Like cabbage, cauliflower is a top source of the "indirect" antioxidants known as glucosinolates.
Nutrients: (1 cup) 46.4mg vitamin C (77 percent), 16mcg vitamin K (20 percent), 57mcg folate (15 percent), 0.222mg vitamin B6 (11.1 percent) and, notably, 303mg potassium (9 percent), 2.5g fiber (10 percent) and 15mg manganese (4 percent).
Health Perks: In addition to antioxidants, cauliflower has high amounts of vitamin C, which is healthy for the skin and the immune system. Lastly, "Diets rich in potassium (which lowers blood pressure), fiber (which reduces cholesterol), vitamin C (which prevents oxidation of LDL 'bad' cholesterol), and vitamin B6 (which reduces homocysteine levels) are associated with maintaining a healthy heart," adds Gillitt.
Nutrition Stats: (1 cup) 25 calories, 5.3g carbohydrates, 1.98g protein, 2.5g dietary fiber, 0.1g fat, 30mg sodium.
Purchasing: Look for firm, white, clean tops. Avoid brown spots and soft heads.
Storage: Cauliflower will keep for up to five days if stored in the crisper section of the refrigerator. If the head is not purchased wrapped, store it in an open or perforated plastic bag. Keep it stem-side up to prevent moisture from collecting on it.
Charles Stuart Platkin is a nutrition and public health advocate, founder and editor of DietDetective.com, the health and fitness network and author of The Diet Detective's Calorie Bargain Bible. Copyright 2008 by Charles Stuart Platkin. All rights reserved.
Reprinted with permission from www.dietdetective.com, May 2008.
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