This is a question I get often. Due to the popularity of the Paleo and Keto diets, cauliflower rice and pizza crust flies off grocery store shelves and is also offered at high-end restaurants. If you’ve been reading my blogs for a while, you know that I do not promote diets—I promote eating real food.
If you are not going to eat cauliflower as a veggie side than I am fine with you eating cauliflower “rice.” The veggie is loaded with fiber and antioxidants. Two of the phytonutrients it contains, glucosinolates and isothiocyanates, have been proven to reduce the growth of cancer cells. Cauliflower is also high in choline, which helps produce neurotransmitters and helps prevent cholesterol from accumulating in the liver. In fact, cauliflower and broccoli are the only two food choices that have a decent amount of choline.
While cauliflower has these amazing health benefits, I don’t like that people are swooning over cauliflower because of its low-carb quality. There ARE good carbs out there. You need whole grains for the fiber and nutrients they boast. So, as opposed to cauliflower rice, I would recommend using brown rice, wild rice, quinoa, and millet as alternatives to white rice some of the time. Yes, they have carbs, but they are not nutrient-null like white rice.
As for the cauliflower pizza crust, not all cauliflower pizza is created equal. If we’re talking frozen pizzas, read the labels; many cauliflower crusts have almost zero fiber and no protein, which means that whole wheat pizza crust is better because of its protein and fiber.
If you don’t like cauliflower crust, don’t eat it. For me, I love a good pizza with WHITE crust. It’s totally fine to eat pizza-shop pizza every now and then. Chew it slowly and savor it.
So, my final verdict on the cauliflower trend—go for it if you like it, but don’t nix good carbs in favor of cauliflower.