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Wait, why is everybody saying not to eat broccoli or cauliflower raw?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 28, 2012 at 6:17 PM

I get organic broccoli/cauliflower and eat it raw- now people are replying that it should be raw.....

Why not, and what's the best way to cook it?

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on October 29, 2012
at 04:20 PM

Good point, Dragonfly! I'm sure some of my reactions and tolerances have been affected by antibiotics (for the worse) and probiotics (for the better.)

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on October 29, 2012
at 12:22 PM

Nance, I have a similar genetic profile to you, but am FODMAPS- intolerant due to my gut flora being out of whack (antibiotics given too my mom when I was in-utero. It's not all genetic.

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on October 28, 2012
at 10:17 PM

+ a million .

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on October 28, 2012
at 06:29 PM

Dang it, Nance, you beat my comment by 44 seconds. ;)

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on October 28, 2012
at 06:22 PM

Most people can eat raw broccoli and raw cauliflower without any problems unless:

  • you have digestive issues: in that case, raw vegetables can be very hard on your intestines
  • you suffer from a thyroid condition: cruciferous vegetables contain goitrogens (in higher proportions when raw or fermented) which can interfere with the proper functioning fo the thyroid gland, especially if iodine-deficient (but do not supplement with iodine before first getting tested!!!)

Remember that the cruciferous vegetable family also includes cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, kale, aragula, turnip, rutabaga and many more.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on October 28, 2012
at 06:28 PM

It's like pretty much every other food family: some cross-section of humans thrives on it, some can't get along with it at all and everyone else is somewhere in between.

In my case my true northern ancestry (Russia, Poland, Scotland, England) thrives on the cold-weather foods like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower whether raw or cooked. I thrive on ruminants but not so much on fowl.

I don't do so well with coconut, avocado or papaya.

You'll find all types here--and they're all correct about what can be great and what can be problematic. Your challenge is to figure our YOUR genetic profile.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on October 29, 2012
at 12:22 PM

Nance, I have a similar genetic profile to you, but am FODMAPS- intolerant due to my gut flora being out of whack (antibiotics given too my mom when I was in-utero. It's not all genetic.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on October 29, 2012
at 04:20 PM

Good point, Dragonfly! I'm sure some of my reactions and tolerances have been affected by antibiotics (for the worse) and probiotics (for the better.)

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on October 28, 2012
at 06:29 PM

Because folks go overboard with thinking every food is out to kill them or make them sick. Some folks have issues with raw vegetables and goitrogens, but not most.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on October 28, 2012
at 10:17 PM

+ a million .

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on October 28, 2012
at 06:29 PM

Dang it, Nance, you beat my comment by 44 seconds. ;)

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on October 28, 2012
at 08:16 PM

To answer the question about cooking:

I steam cauliflower and broccoli, no frills, just steam, season, and serve.

Matt
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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on October 28, 2012
at 06:32 PM

In most of the anti-raw comments I've seen, it's been in response to people who are on very restrictive diets - like only beef, beef fat, raw cauliflower and broccoli, and raw lettuce. When on a diet that restrictive, only raw vegetation might not be optimal for digestion or nutrition. Some nutrients are more bioavailable when cooked. Why not mix it up, both with cooking vs raw and types of vegetables? But there's no reason to avoid eating it raw if you enjoy it and do not have issues with the goitrogens and eat a normal, varied diet.

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on October 28, 2012
at 06:47 PM

It can bug your stomach if you are sensitive to it. Raw cauliflower or too much cooked cauliflower makes me VERY bloated, even more than some beans.

Also, like any raw veg, make sure it is well washed as it has a higher risk of food poisoning if it isn't heated (mostly in light of the recalls over the years on veg usually served raw). That's not at all a good reason to not eat broccoli and cauliflower raw, but if you're getting conventional veg from the supermarket, it's important to wash thoroughly. Locally grown veg in good soil can be a potential source of soil bacteria, but fermented foods are a more reliable, safer bet for that.

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