Lizzard77 Posted June 12, 2013 Share Posted June 12, 2013 I came across this "article" today and my feathers are a little ruffled. I would love to hear everyone's take on this. I tend not to agree but then again I have had heated debates with friends about the harms of phytic acid and why they shouldn't be eating legumes or grains. I guess to each their own but I refuse to believe cruciferous veggies should not be on my plate! http://www.nutritionbynature.com.au/1/post/2013/01/potato-pancakes.html Potatoes get such a bad rap. Nutritionally-speaking, they're an excellent source of vitamin C, B6, thyroid-supporting carbohydrates, some usable protein, and are one of the vegetables that contain the least natural plant toxins*. What's more, they're an excellent vehicle for other tasty and nutritious foods â€“ butter, salt and cheese (you think I'm kidding, but I assure you I'm not). The backlash of the humble spud's negative press and general fear of carbohydrates has been the rise of the â€˜tater haters', and a disturbing number of â€œfaux potatoâ€ recipes (cauliflower mash/cauliflower pancakes/other crime against delicious food). Most people would agree that using cauliflower as a potato substitute makes for woefully inadequate dishes taste-wise (and how do you get past the dirty socks-smell?!), but I think probably few people realize that potato is actually better for you than its cauliflower understudy. Cauliflower (and it's mate, broccoli, along with other cruciferous vegetables like kale, cabbage and Brussels sprouts) contain plant chemicals known as goitrogens, which can block the formation of active thyroid hormone, down-regulate thyroid function and essentially slow metabolism. Not a great thing if you're trying to heal your metabolism, increase your core body temperature/metabolic rate, lose weight or achieve overall better health. Yes, cauliflower and broccoli contain lots of viable micronutrients and on-paper look like brilliantly healthy foods â€“ but as foods for humans their nutrient profiles translate very differently in the body. Aside from the goitrogens, they contain large amounts of insoluble fibre (cellulose, which we humans can't digest) that can be quite irritating to the gut (which is why these vegetables can cause bloating and flatulence) and also inhibit the amount of nutrients you absorb from these foods and any others ingested in the same meal.By all means, if you love cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower and have a well-functioning metabolism (your digestion is spot-on, you are free from constipation, your hair, nails and skin are perfectly healthy, you're generally â€˜warm' with little effort, you're not over-exercising and you're not under-eating), then go right ahead and consume them in moderation â€“ just make sure they're very well-cooked (raw kale smoothies are most definitely a no-go!) and that you're avoiding other concentrated sources of goitrogens such as soy. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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