Friday, 14 January 2011

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Cauliflower/blomkål/菜花[cài huā]



For babies from 9 months.

Preparation & Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Directions:
1. Wash and cut 500g of cauliflower (1 whole cauliflower) into florets

2. Steam for 10 minutes or until tender

3. Add 5 teaspoons of powder milk and 5 teaspoons of olive oil (optional but recommended)

4. Puree with blender

Storage:
1. Cool down, pour into ice cube tray and freeze.

2. Once frozen, knock the cubes out and store them in freezer bags (makes 2-3 ice cube trays, can store up to 8 weeks).

Nutritional Value:
Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and fiber. It is a very good source of vitamin B5, vitamin B6, omega-3 fatty acids, and manganese. Additionally, it is a good source of potassium, protein, phosphorus, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, and magnesium.

Cauliflower contains naturally occurring substances called purines. Since purines can be broken down to form uric acid, excess accumulation of purines in the body can lead to excess accumulation of uric acid. The health condition called "gout" and the formation of kidney stones from uric acid are two examples of uric acid-related problems that can be related to excessive intake of purine-containing foods. For this reason, individuals with kidney problems or gout may want to limit or avoid intake of purine-containing foods such as cauliflower.

Cauliflower provide detox support. As an excellent source of vitamin C, and a very good source of manganese, cauliflower provides us with two core conventional antioxidants.

As an excellent source of vitamin K and a very good source of omega-3 fatty acids (in the form of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA), cauliflower provides us with two hallmark anti-inflammatory nutrients. Vitamin K acts as a direct regulator of our inflammatory response, and ALA is the building block for several of the body's most widely-used families of anti-inflammatory messaging molecules.

Cauliflower-containing diets help prevent cancer, particularly with respect to the following types of cancer: bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer.

References:
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=13

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