Why cauliflower is perfect keto-food
You will need cauliflower when you are on the keto diet
The plant is low in carbs and can replace potatoes, rice, pasta, bread, and even pizza. It can be eaten both raw and cooked for different benefits.
Of all diet trends in history, the keto diet is definitely booming now. While there is still a big debate about the long-term health benefits of this low-carb approach, keto has a particular vegetable to put into the spotlight. Welcome to the age of the cauliflower.
What has made the cauliflower experience such a burst in popularity?
The ketogenic diet calls for getting rid of high-carb foods in favour of fatty foods rich in protein. The goal is to get your body into a state of ketosis, where it will burn fat for fuel instead of sugar. Short-term weight loss benefits are the main reason for the diets growing amount of followers.
The biggest reason for cauliflower’s success in the keto diet?
It is very versatile and has only 3 grams of net carbs (from 5 grams of carbs) per 100-gram cup. That makes it an excellent low-carb vegetable substitute in many recipes that call for things like potatoes, rice or pizza.
What’s also great about this under-utilized veggie is that a cup of cauliflower would have only 25 calories while giving you 77% of the daily allowance of vitamin C and high levels of vitamin K and B6. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, choline, biotin, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B1, B2, and protein. Adequate to say, the cauliflower is chock-full of nutritional goodies.
How to prepare cauliflower?
You can cook it in a variety of ways: sautéing, roasting, steaming, you name it. Interestingly, a case can be made both for eating it raw and cooked. For one, the organic compound indole, which helps kill precancerous cells, is formed when the cauliflower is cooked. Another reason why cooking may be the way with this veggie, besides making it taste better, is that it’s more likely to cause gas, bloating and other gastrointestinal distress in its raw form. On the other hand, fresh cauliflower has up to 30% more nutrients and antioxidants.
- Cauliflower bomb
- Low carb rice
- Keto Thai Curry with Chicken and Coconut & Cauliflower Rice
- Cauliflower Mash
- Cauliflower Mash Gratin
- Ketocosmo Cauliflower Croquette
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