Cauliflower: The best kept detox secret?

Cauliflower: The best kept detox secret?

Cauliflower has gone from a forgotten side dish to being a key ingredient in many low-carb main courses. BBC Good Food Middle East looks at its health benefits and how to incorporate it into your healthy dishes…

So what’s all the fuss about?

Cauliflower is a good all-rounder. It has plenty of vitamin C (it contains 77% of the daily recommend amount), along with B vitamins: Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, vitamin K and potassium and manganese. It also has plenty of dietary fibre, contains some protein and is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol.

The main reason cauliflower has recently become popular amongst health-food types however, is that it is low in carbohydrate, and due to its texture and taste, it makes an excellent substitute in a range of traditionally high-carbohydrate meals.

Three ways to try cauliflower


The average pizza has over 1,000 calories. However, that can be dramatically reduced by simply swapping out the dough base for a cauliflower one, which can be topped as normal with all of your favourite meats, cheeses and vegetables.

Cauliflower-based pizza recipe

Mashed potato

Those on a low-carb diet often craved stodge like mashed potato. Cauliflower mash however – when prepared properly – has a near identical taste to the potato variety, with far fewer calories and carbohydrate.

Cauliflower mash recipe


Cauliflower rice is the perfect replacement for white rice which is high in starch, sugar and carbohydrate. Try our delicious cauliflower rice below, with your next curry.

Cauliflower rice recipe