Plant-Based And Gluten-Free Pizza Crust
Thankfully, I don’t suffer from gluten sensitivity or gluten-intolerance. However, I’m always on the lookout for awesome, gluten-free products to share because I know that a tremendous amount of people are not as fortunate, and do struggle with these conditions.
That’s why I wanted to give you the scoop on something that I think is Ahhhhhmazing – CauliPower!
This incredible pizza crust is not only gluten-free, it’s also plant-based and made with the disease-fighting superstar, cauliflower!
Caulipower also sells pre-made pizzas with cheese made from dairy, if you happen to be vegetarian or omnivore rather than following a strictly plant-based diet.
The Health Benefits Of Cauliflower
Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable. Vegetables that fall into this category contain some of the most powerful disease-preventative compounds on earth called isothiocyanates, including benzyl isothiocyanate, phenethyl isothiocyanate, and sulforaphane.
Isothiocyanates have been shown, in study after study, to protect cells against the oxidative damage, to which we’re all subjected on a daily basis.
In general, isothiocyanates trigger specific events in your body, which cause rogue cancer cells to spontaneously die. And, these incredible compounds prevent the metastasis of cancer as well as the growth of tumors. The most important thing to note is that isothiocyanates, such as sulforaphane, have been proven effective in killing even the most resistant and widespread forms of cancer, including melanoma, leukemia, colon and breast cancer, and many other forms of this terrifying disease(1-3).
In addition, cruciferous vegetables, such as cauliflower, have been proven to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes – two of the top three causes of death in America(4-5).
Have Your Gluten-Free Pizza And Eat It Too
Now those with gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance can have their pie and eat it too.
These CauliPower gluten-free pizza crusts can be found at numerous stores including Ralphs, Vons, Walmart, Whole Foods, and more. They’re also available on Amazon. Check out their site to find a store near you.
As for me, I’m heading to Whole Foods to pick up this gluten-free pizza crust and Miyoko’s vegan mozzarella, and mama’s makin’ vegan pizza this weekend.
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