Cauliflower is an affordable, delicious, and extremely healthy vegetable. And if raw cauliflower is not to everyone's taste, then few can refuse cauliflower soup or baked cauliflower with cheddar.
Cauliflower got its name from its delicate inflorescences. It is these flowers - heads that are used for food. In the UK there is a saying: "The most beautiful flowers are cauliflower flowers." The vegetable is quite popular in England. In Russia, he is not so popular, and in vain. After all, cauliflower contains a huge amount of minerals, amino acids, vitamins. It's just a storehouse of useful microelements. But there are also contraindications.
What harm can this vegetable do?
Of course, nutritionists recommend consuming cauliflower as often as possible. But each product contains substances that affect each organ individually.
In acute stages of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, a vegetable can aggravate the condition, leading to vomiting, nausea, colic, and bloating. When eating cabbage, the epithelial organs of the gastrointestinal tract become inflamed.... This causes painful sensations that worsen the general condition of the patient.
Cauliflower contains compounds that prevent the pancreas from fully functioning. As a result, goiter may form, hormonal failure is possible, and the protective function of the body will decrease.
When can you use it?
Cauliflower was bred more than one century ago, but has not yet been fully investigated. The beneficial properties and their effect on the human body are not clearly defined. But, based on facts and practical knowledge, we can safely say when cabbage can be used and when it is not necessary.
Indications for eating cauliflower:
- The vegetable is eaten for the prevention of atherosclerosis.
- Fiber affects the digestion process, helps cleanse the body of toxins and toxins.
- Cauliflower lowers unwanted blood cholesterol levels. Normalizes the quantitative component of lipids.
- As a result of the presence of fatty acids and vitamins in the composition, cabbage has anti-inflammatory properties. Detoxifies toxins.
- The high content of vitamin C strengthens the immune system, inhibits the aging process, and has a positive effect on the central nervous system.
- Thanks to nutrients, the course of the chemical reaction is accelerated, the metabolism occurs faster.
- If a pregnant woman eats cauliflower, then the risk of abnormal fetal development is significantly reduced.
- The presence of potassium is important for the heart, it normalizes the heart rate and blood pressure.
- Another component, molybdenum, is useful for tooth enamel.
- The benefits of cabbage are to maintain sufficient glucose levels in the body, which is especially important in diabetes mellitus.
- The biotin contained in the vegetable prevents the development of inflammatory processes on the skin. Reduces the risk of dermatitis, fungal infections, seborrhea.
- With regular consumption of cauliflower, cancer can be avoided.
Glucosinolate is a component of cabbage, which, when combined with other substances in the body, is transformed into isothiocyanate.
Such a qualitative transformation contributes to a significant reduction in cancer cells and a slowdown in the growth of malignant tumors.
- The vegetable is also good for the quality of the brain.
- Revealed a positive effect on the organs of vision, prevents the development of cataracts.
Contraindications for eating cauliflower:
- diseases of the intestines, stomach, pancreas in the active phase of exacerbation;
- increased acidity of the stomach;
- intestinal cramps;
- with individual intolerance;
- thyroid problems;
- the postoperative period, when the stitches are in the chest and abdominal region;
- kidney disease.
Despite its amazing properties, cauliflower, if used improperly, can harm the body in the form of various side effects. To avoid this, it is necessary to be attentive to the contraindications and norms for the use of the product.
Is it possible to eat a vegetable for some diseases or not?
With diagnosed pancreatitis, diet is mandatory to reduce the burden on the pancreas. However, foods should be easily digestible, low-calorie, rich in vitamins and useful elements. These are the properties that cauliflower has.
During an exacerbation of the disease, the amount of cabbage consumed should be reduced... The maximum daily portion is no more than 100 grams, exclusively boiled or steamed. If a person eats cauliflower, and then feels discomfort, then the vegetable needs to be excluded from the diet.
Gastritis is a disease in which the stomach lining suffers from inflammatory processes. Occurs with improper diet, alcohol abuse, Helicobacter pylori.
Gastroenterologists do not prohibit, and even insist on the use of cauliflower. After all, its rich composition regenerates the mucous membranes of the stomach, normalizes metabolism, increases the natural strength of the body.
It should be remembered that the vegetable is contraindicated in people.:
- with high acidity;
- during an exacerbation of the disease;
- with a hyperacid type of gastritis.
This type of cabbage is a prohibited product. After all, it contains purine compounds. They are the culprits of the disease. But there are also opposite opinions. In any case, you should consult a doctor before use.
Diabetes mellitus occurs in two types, which are often confused even by doctors.
- Type 1 - the most severe chronic disease... The disease occurs when the immune system destroys the insulin that is produced by the pancreas. As a result, blood glucose levels rise. It develops mainly in children and people under 35 years old.
Diabetics strictly monitor their diet. They cannot eat foods that are overloaded with carbohydrates, the less sugar the better. Cauliflower contains a lot of vegetable protein and fiber, improves enzyme production, and gives a long-lasting feeling of fullness. At the same time, the sugar level after eating food remains at the same level.
- There is no insulin deficiency in type 2 diabetes... It occurs in obese people over the age of 40. In this case, the use of low-calorie foods is important. Cauliflower is just such a vegetable. It contains a fairly large amount of trace elements, almost all groups of vitamins, phytoncides.
They have a positive effect on the circulatory system and protect the body weakened by diabetes. And sulforapane prevents the development of the disease, protecting the cardiovascular system from complications.
With stomach ulcers
Cauliflower is preferable to white cabbage because it has a delicate structure, it contains less coarse fiber and more protein. Therefore, it is much better accepted by the stomach.
In case of an ulcer, it is advised to consume freshly squeezed cabbage juice on an empty stomach, 100 ml per day. You can also eat stewed or boiled.
Is it loose or strong?
Vegetable is one of the foods that do not cause constipation.... In its composition, cauliflower has a large amount of coarse fiber. These dietary fibers are practically not digested and create the bulk of the feces. The more there are, the easier it is for the intestines to move the masses to the exit, so the emptying process occurs regularly and painlessly.
Also, cauliflower does not cause gas formation. Puree from this variety is especially useful for small children. Due to the delicate structure of the fibers, the vegetable does not cause flatulence in the intestines. At the same time, white cabbage has an increased capacity for gas formation.
Consequences of use in the presence of contraindications
The amount of product consumed, first of all, affects the condition of a sick person. Perhaps the minimum volume will not bring anything bad, and when you eat a lot of cauliflower at a time, it will definitely make itself felt.
First of all, chronic diseases will aggravate, the general condition will worsen, the appearance of acute pain is quite likely. For people with contraindications, cabbage can bring a number of complications and side effects..
Thus, cauliflower takes its rightful place in our kitchen. You can and should sometimes pamper yourself with a delicious vegetable. But it is worth paying close attention to people with health problems so as not to harm the body.
We suggest watching a video about the benefits of cauliflower and the precautions for eating it: