Broccoli or cauliflower – which should you eat to fight diabetes?
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These two cruciferous veggies both have some amazing health benefits – but which should you get onto your plate on a regular basis if you’re worried about obesity or diabetes?
1) The American Diabetes Association recommends eating 3 to 5 servings of non-starchy vegetables daily. Both broccoli and cauliflower can fit into this category.
2) Both broccoli and cauliflower are considered to be cruciferous vegetables – low calorie, nutrient-dense veggies that are descended from the mustard plant brassica oleracea.
3) Both contain more protein than most other vegetables, and both are low in calories, though cauliflower has a slightly smaller calorie count.
4) Broccoli has a good amount of vitamin A, while cauliflower contains no vitamin A.
5) 1 cup of broccoli can contain the full amount of daily recommended vitamin C. Cauliflower contains about half the amount of vitamin C as compared to broccoli. Broccoli also contains more vitamin K than cauliflower.
6) Broccoli also contains more fiber than cauliflower, though both contain a good amount in general.
7) Both broccoli and cauliflower contain beneficial omega-3 fats, but cauliflower contains more than broccoli.
8) Broccoli contains sulforaphane, a beneficial, anti-inflammatory compound which can improve gut health.
9) Cauliflower contains nitrogen, sulfur, and glucosinolates, which can all help fight cancer cell growth.
10) Cauliflower has the ability to be a low carb, low calorie substitute for potato, rice, and bread products.