February: what’s in season

You already know we love to talk seasonal and february has just arrived.

February, as any other month, has its own fresh and seasonal produce, one of which we’ll talk to you about today: cauliflower.

Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables, often overshadowed by its green cousin broccoli. This is one vegetable that deserves a regular rotation in your diet, however, as it contains an impressive array of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals.

Adding to cauliflower’s appeal is its extreme versatility. You can eat it raw, add it to salads, or use it in your cooking. Cauliflower can even be seasoned and mashed for a healthier version of “mashed potatoes.”

And which are the health benefits of cauliflower?

Fight cancer | Cauliflower contains sulforaphane, a sulfur compound that has also been shown to kill cancer stem cells, thereby slowing tumor growth. Some researchers believe eliminating cancer stem cells may be key to controlling cancer.

Boost heart health | Sulforaphane in cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables has been found to significantly improve blood pressure and kidney function.

It’s anti-Inflammatory | Cauliflower contains a wealth of anti-inflammatory nutrients to help keep inflammation in check, including indole-3-carbinol or I3C, an anti-inflammatory compound that may operate at the genetic level to help prevent the inflammatory responses at its foundational level.

Cauliflower is in season and it's great!
Cauliflower is in season and it’s great!

It’s rich in vitamins and minerals | Eating cauliflower regularly is a simple way to get these much-needed nutrients into your body. For instance, one serving of cauliflower contains 77 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. It’s also a good source of vitamin K, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, and manganese.

Boost your brain health | Cauliflower is a good source of choline, a B vitamin known for its role in brain development.

Detoxification support | Cauliflower helps your body’s ability to detoxify in multiple ways. It contains antioxidants that support Phase 1 detoxification along with sulfur-containing nutrients important for Phase 2 detox activities. The glucosinolates in cauliflower also activate detoxification enzymes.

Digestive benefits | Cauliflower is an important source of dietary fiber for digestive health.

Antioxidants and phytonutrients galore | Eating cauliflower is like winning the antioxidant and phytonutrient lottery. It’s packed with vitamin C, beta-carotene, kaempferol, quercetin, rutin, cinnamic acid, and much more. Antioxidants are nature’s way of providing your cells with adequate defense against attack by reactive oxygen species.

Next time we’ll give you some hints about how to use this wonderful ingredient.

And so you know…

What's in season!
What’s in season!

Stay healthy and seasonal Snug lovers!!!

 

 

 

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