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How to Bring Out the Hidden Health Benefits from Cauliflower

The latest scientific studies show that cutting cauliflower florets into small pieces, such as quarters, breaks down cell walls and enhances the activation of an enzyme called myrosinase that slowly converts some of the plant nutrients into their active forms, which have been shown to contain health-promoting properties. So, to get the most health benefits from Cauliflower, let it sit for a minimum of 5 minutes, optimally 10 minutes, after cutting, before eating or cooking.

Heat will inactivate the effect of myrosinase, which is why it is important to allow the cauliflower to sit for 5-10 minutes before cooking to give the enzyme ample opportunity to enhance the concentration of active phytonutrients in your cauliflower. Cooking at low or medium heat for short periods of time (up to 15 minutes) should not destroy the active phytonutrients since once they are formed, they are fairly stable.

Since ascorbic acid (vitamin C) increases myrosinase activity, you can sprinkle a little lemon juice on the cauliflower before cooking in order to further enhance its beneficial phytonutrient concentration.