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Food for Thought- Crazy for Cauliflower- First in a series

This is first in the series “Food for Thought”

Be crazy about cauliflower! Cauliflower has numerous health benefits!

Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous family just like broccoli. The super veggie contains an impressive variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are compounds that plants produce for their protection. Plant phytonutrients also have benefits for us and may aide in disease prevention.

 Studies have shown that this super food is also a brain food! Yes, a brain food! Ever hear of choline?  Well, choline is a B vitamin that is known for its role in brain development.  Interesting…cauliflower does resemble the brain…It also helps to improve learning and memory as well as cognitive function. Let’s see memory… learning… cognitive function… college education… it all goes hand in hand! Cauliflower may also help in reducing age-related memory decline and in protecting the brain from toxins.

Sulforaphane and isothiocynates… yes,  they are a mouthful… are cancer fighting compounds!  Sulforaphane also helps to improve blood pressure and kidney function. Cauliflower also contains anti-inflammatory compounds. Remember that chronic inflammation is the cornerstone of most disease!

Looking for a good source of dietary fiber! Choose cauliflower! It may also protect the lining of your stomach.

This veggie is power packed with vitamin K, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, Vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, manganese, vitamin C, and beta-carotene.

 Need a little extra brain boost…try cauliflower!


Cultural Diverse Dining in Raymond Hall- Nutrition Month

Celebrate Culturally Diverse Dining in Raymond Hall the week of March 26th thru March 30th as part of  National Nutrition Month at GCU. Each day experience a unique food culture while dining!

Monday experience the culture of Greece

Tuesday experience the Caribbean

Wednesday the highlight is Soul Food

Thursday explore the Hispanic tradition

Friday the delights of Arabia