Smart Foods: Cauliflower For Weight Loss

by Yolande D'Mello

Who needs superfoods when you have smart, everyday produce that gets the job done, just as well? Also, it doesn’t come with a premium price tag. Such is the case with the humble cauliflower.

All those who are trying to trim their waistlines and keep their calories in check, here’s why you should be making this versatile veggie a part of your main meal plan:

  • Cauliflowers have phytonutrients and antioxidant-containing carotenoids that help lower cholesterol and prevent cancer.
  • Health and wellness expert Dr Suzanne C Fuchs says, “It is also low in fat and calories, while being high in fiber, folate and vitamin C. It’s easy to make and can be used as a side dish, or cut into sections and grilled or baked for a cauliflower steak!”
  • The non-starchy vegetable is great for digestion and creates a feeling of fullness with its crunchy texture.
  • Also, vitamin C helps increase the amount of fat you burn when you work out, so the benefits of cauliflowers are more than just dietary.

Dr Suzanne recommends steaming or stir-frying cauliflower instead of boiling it in order to prevent loss of healthy compounds.

Make note that this cruciferous vegetable is also a great substitute for potatoes or rice. This Fall season, replace the starchy and fattening potato mash with a cauliflower one instead. Or better still, try a cauliflower puree or dip.

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