Food Showdown: Which Veggie Packs More Nutrients?

By , SparkPeople Blogger
We all know that veggies are good for us: they're great sources of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Scientific research has shown that cruciferous vegetables in particular may reduce the risk of lung, colorectal, stomach, breast, and prostate cancers. But some cruciferous vegetable varieties are more powerful than others.

When faced with broccoli and cauliflower on a vegetable tray, which tree-like veggie should you choose to get the most bang for your nutritional buck?

The Winner: Broccoli!
There was a reason why your mom made you finish your broccoli at dinner—it's crammed full of good stuff! A one-cup serving of broccoli has 205% of your daily recommended value for vitamin C, 194% of your daily value for vitamin K, and 45% of your daily value for vitamin A. Cauliflower makes a valiant effort, but doesn't hold a candle to its green cousin. A one-cup serving of cauliflower contains 91% of your daily value for vitamin C, which is still nothing to sneeze at, but only has 14% of your daily value for vitamin K and trace amounts of vitamin A. However, cauliflower is still a great source of fiber and folate, which helps create healthy red blood cells, and also contains fewer calories than broccoli per serving (29 calories vs. 44 calories). Load up your plate with each of them for the best of both veggie worlds!