What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Cauliflower?

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Cauliflower is rich in properties confirmed by science but also pay attention to some possible and important side effects

Cauliflower is rich in properties confirmed by science but also pay attention to some possible and important side effects

Cauliflower is a vegetable rich in properties, but what happens to our body if we eat it regularly when it is in season? Some scientific researches have highlighted the advantages of this particular cruciferous but also of the possible problems it can generate in people with a more delicate intestine or who take certain drugs.

Cauliflower is a very versatile vegetable with a delicate flavor that can be eaten as it is, enrich pasta or rice, become a soup, a purée, a base for “raw” pizza and even gnocchi.

Like broccoli and other vegetables of the cabbage family, it provides important nutrients to our diet and, when in season, it is good to bring it often to the table.

Read also: Cabbage and broccoli: the 10 main varieties and nutritional properties

But what has scientific research discovered about cauliflower? Not just different advantages for our health, but also some possible inconveniences that certain people may experience by consuming this vegetable.


Get a great dose of fiber

Cauliflower is high in fiber, ranging from 2 to 3 grams per serving. It may seem like a little but in reality 3 grams represents about 10% of the recommended daily intake of fiber (28 grams per day), obtained from a small side dish. Fiber as we know is important for overall health and can even aid in weight loss.

They contribute to a certain degree of satiety (just like protein), which means that you are less likely to overeat.

Not only does fiber help the gastrointestinal system but it also helps reduce inflammation. Some studies have shown that these substances, present in fruits and vegetables, are also useful in reducing the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and more.

You will be more hydrated

Cauliflower is very rich in water, about 92% of its composition. This means that when you eat it, you are not only getting all of its nutrients, but you are also getting plenty of water and thus hydrating your body. But how much water is there actually? One serving of cauliflower (100 grams) offers us 59 milliliters of water.

By using cauliflower as an ingredient, for example in cereal recipes, you are adding a lot of nutritional value and helping your body digest the meal better thanks to the water content.

You could cut calories and lose weight

If we look at the nutritional value of cauliflower we find that it is a low calorie food. One serving contains about 25-30 compared to 2-3 grams of fiber and a myriad of vitamins and nutrients (vitamins A, C and K, potassium, folic acid and more). Adding this food as a side dish to a second dish but also replacing other foods to make more room for cauliflower can be a good way to promote weight loss.

Of course, those who want to lose weight will always have to combine an overall healthy diet and a good exercise program.

You may feel bloated

Cauliflower is delicious and nutritious but as it is a cruciferous tree it also contains fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols, which means that this food is made up of short-chain carbohydrates that are not easily digested in the small intestine, leading to bloating.

It can therefore happen that there is fermentation in the large intestine, causing bloating and gas formation, but studies have also linked this food to irritable bowel syndrome.

Also read: 10 foods that can cause bloating

Said this, cooking cauliflower can make it more digestible. The cooking process breaks down some of those carbohydrates and the intestines can work more easily, absorbing what it needs.

It may interfere with some medications

Cauliflower is high in vitamin K, which can be a problem for those taking certain medications, especially blood thinners. Blood thinning drugs can indeed interact with vitamin K, so people who take them are often warned by their doctors to be careful about consuming foods that contain this substance.

Vitamin K and anticoagulants basically work against each other. Consequently, those taking this type of medication should limit the amount of cauliflower they eat. A cup of cauliflower contains about 20% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K, and it is therefore essential to consider this as part of your daily diet.

Fonti:   University of Michigan / Pubmed /National Cancer Institute

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