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Broccoli vs Cauliflower – Which is Healthier?

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Our Verdict

When comparing broccoli to cauliflower, we picked the broccoli.


This one is quite straightforward. Superficially, they’re very similar:

Both are great cruciferous vegetables with many health benefits to offer. Even for those keen to avoid oxalates, which cruciferous vegetables in general can be high in, these ones are quite low.

However, if you have IBS, you might want to avoid both, for their raffinose content that may cause problems for you.

For pretty much everyone else, unless you have a special reason why it’s not the case for you, both are a good source of abundant vitamins and minerals, and yet…

Anything cauliflower can do, broccoli can do better!

Broccoli contains more of the vitamins they both contain, and more of the minerals they both contain.

Broccoli also beats cauliflower on amino acids (except lysine), and contains a lot more lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids important for healthy eyes and brain.

So by all means enjoy both, but if you’re going to pick one, pick broccoli!

Want to know more?

Check out: Brain Food? The Eyes Have It!


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