Why a functional medicine expert loves cauliflower and its leaves

Cauliflower is a type of brassica vegetable, which is high in fiber and phytochemicals, including antioxidant-rich glucosinolates. Sapola considers “the ability of Brassica vegetables to metabolically detoxify, particularly with hormonal metabolism” to be very impressive as well. “They pack so much punch,” she adds. Cabbage is also a type of cruciferous vegetable, which has benefits for gut health, blood sugar, heart health, and more. It’s no wonder cauliflower has become a trendy and nutritious staple (“cauliflower pasta”, anyone?).

However, in order to get the most out of this nutritious choice, Sapola recommends consuming the whole plant, leaves and all. “You can even eat the outer leaves,” she notes, as they are rich in vitamins and nutrients. (Try drizzling them with olive oil and roasting or grilling them!) The main thing? Cauliflower is one of the most versatile vegetables you can find. If you’re looking for recipe inspiration, here are some additional tips to keep things interesting:

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