Cauliflower Slashes Cancer Risk

October 03, 2016


Cauliflower has become a fun staple for substitution recipes. Mashed Potatoes, Rice, Couscous, Thickeners for creamy soups…the list goes on.

Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous group of vegetables belonging to the brassica family and like other crucifers, it is a good source of fiber, phytochemicals, sulfuoraphane, antioxidants,  various nutrients, and indole -3 carbinol (I3C).

Research studies and anecdotal evidence both show an inverse relationship with cauliflower consumption and various types of health conditions like: colorectal, prostrate, and breast cancers, heart disease, cognitive decline, osteoporosis, and stomach ulcers.

Sulforaphane in cauliflower has been shown to slow tumor growth and induce apoptosis a.k.a programmed cancer cell death.

The Choline content of cauliflower is neuroprotective against environmental toxins; thus promoting further protection from cognitive decline and other neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer's.

Fiber adds a bang for your buck in offering up improved digestion and potential protection against colorectal cancer.

The I3C has been shown to inhabit estrogen receptors in the breast tissue thus preventing circulating estrogens from attaching to the receptors and wreaking havoc hormonally.

The vitamin K in cauliflower aids in the prevention of osteoporosis and works in complement with vitamin D, Calcium, and Boron.

In addition to the standard Mashed Cauliflower, Cauliflower Fried “Rice”, etc. Below is a Pizza Crust Recipe using cauliflower as the main ingredient. The crust is gluten free, grain free, keto, and low carb.  Technically not Paleo due to the dairy content.



Cauliflower Health Benefits Infographic
Above Infographic Courtesy of: Be Healthy Today




 
Cauliflower Crust Pizza
2 and 1/2 Cups of Cauliflower
1 and 1/4 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
1 Egg (Beaten)
1 tsp. Dried Oregano
1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder

  • Pulse fresh cauliflower florets in food processor to the size of “rice”.
  • Sauté cauliflower in 1 Tb. olive oil in skillet over medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the parmesan, egg, and seasonings.
  • Press out on a greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for like 20 minutes until slightly golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and let cool.
  • Top crust with a thin layer pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and toppings of choice.
  • Return to oven and remove when the toppings are done and the cheese is melted.
Sources / References:
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