Do broccoli and cauliflower have the same nutrients?
Asked by juliacga on Jan 17, 2009 in Nutrition



I like cauliflower but hate broccoli; however, my husband says it's better to eat broccoli than cauliflower. I take omega-3 vitamins 3 times a day, and so I say, I am getting my broccoli (ha-ha). So, if I eat cauliflower many times a week, am I getting the same nutrients as broccoli?


Answer

Both vegetables are packed with nutrients, but broccoli has more. Ounce-per-ounce, broccoli is higher in vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, fiber, potassium, phosphorous, and also contains  nutrients that cauliflower lacks, including Vitamin A, Vitamin E, calcium, and iron. But broccoli and cauliflower are both members of the cruciferous family, known for supplying chemical compounds that prevent cancers. Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, collards, mustard greens, and bok choy are also cruciferous vegetables. 


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