Low Calorie Keto Snack: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

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Low Calorie Keto Snack: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Cauliflower

Multiple observational studies have found associations between higher consumption of cruciferous vegetables and lower risk of certain types of cancer.

It is believed that these benefits may be due to DIM and 13C.

Diindolylmethane (DIM)

DIM is found in members of the Brassica family, including cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, and broccoli.

DIM plays a role in hormone regulation, in particular estrogen.

DIM prevents drastic changes in estrogen levels, keeping the body balanced.

It can prevent the conversion of testosterone into estrogen through inhibition of the aromatase enzyme and can convert more potent forms of estrogen into less potent forms, reducing the overall effects of estrogen.

DIM has also been found to have a number of anti-cancer effects

When we eat cruciferous veggies, a compound called glucobrassicin breaks down to I3C

13C has been found to modulate biotransformation enzymes involved in the elimination and metabolism of carcinogens, toxins, steroid hormones and drugs.

Similar to DIM, preclinical studies have found that 13C exhibits antiestrogenic activities that may reduce the risk of certain hormone-dependent cancers.

Cayenne Pepper

Buffalo sauce contains cayenne pepper, which has been used in Native American medicine and food for over 9,000 years.

Capsaicin is the substance in cayenne pepper that is responsible for the spice, and it is known to help reduce pain.

In traditional medicines cayenne pepper has been used to help those suffering from digestive problems, arthritis pain, muscle pain, lack of appetite, and circulatory problems.

Pain Relief

Capsaicin reduces substance P amounts, a chemical that signals pain from your body to your brain.

Less substance P leads to fewer pain signals and thus less perceived pain.

Capsaicin is often recommended for pain associated with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, surgery, nerve damage, nerve pain, and lower back pain.

Weight Loss

While more studies are needed, some studies have found that cayenne supplements may help people feel full by suppressing appetite. This may help with weight loss.

Celery

Inflammation

Celery contains a chemical apigenin. A study on mice found that apigenin reduced the expression of some pro-inflammatory proteins.

Blood Pressure

While evidence in human studies is lacking, studies have found that celery seeds help to lower blood pressure in rats.

The researchers believe that the antihypertensive properties may be attributed to the actions of n-butylphthalide (NBP) and may be helpful in treating chronically elevated blood pressure.

Cancer

Both apigenin and another compound known as luteolin found in celery may have anti-cancer properties.

In one study the researchers believe that luteolin may make cancer cells more susceptible to chemicals used in cancer treatments.

Other benefits may include the stimulation of neurogenesis and a reduction of LDL, or bad cholesterol, in blood.

Avocado Oil

The health benefits of avocado oil are largely thanks to its healthy fat and antioxidant content

Healthy Fats

About 70% of avocado oil is made up of oleic acid, a heart-healthy monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid.

In studies on animals, it was found that avocado oil may reduce LDL cholesterol, blood triglycerides, and lower blood pressure. It may also help to increase HDL, the good cholesterol.

Antioxidants

Avocado oil contains lutein, a carotenoid that is known to have benefits for eye health.

Consuming lutein may help to reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.

Increases Nutrient Absorption

When you consume veggies, it is important to also consume fats.

Some nutrients are fat-soluble, meaning that we need fat in order to absorb these vitamins.

References:

1. Diindolylmethane (DIM)
https://examine.com/supplements/diindolylmethane/

2. Indole-3-Carbinol
http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/phytochemicals/indole-3-carbinol

3. Cayenne
http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/cayenne

4. Celery: Health Benefits and Dietary Tips
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270678.php

5. Vegetable oil, avocado
http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fats-and-oils/620/2

6. Oleic acid content is responsible for the reduction in blood pressure induced by olive oil
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18772370/

7. What is unrefined, extra virgin cold-pressed avocado oil
https://www.aocs.org/stay-informed/read-inform/featured-articles/what-is-unrefined-extra-virgin-cold-pressed-avocado-oil-april-2010

8. Pigments in avocado tissue and oil
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17177553

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