Sulfur, although largely ignored by the health food world, is arguably the most essential element in our body’s detoxification processes, as well as its ability to reduce oxygen based damage (such as the free radical damage discussed previously). When we are exposed to potentially toxic substances, they must be attached to sulfur in order to be detoxified and removed from the body. I don’t know anybody who couldn’t use a little help detoxing, we are surrounded by so many environmental and chemical toxins!
Sulfur is also a part of 4 amino acids, and therefore, performs a number of different functions in the body. It is necessary for the formation of collagen, the protein found in connective tissue in the body, and thus is very important in joint health. It is also present in keratin, which is necessary for the health of skin, nails and hair, aids in carbohydrate metabolism, proper digestion, proper brain function and all cell activities. Sounds like a pretty important mineral eh.
Sulfur is readily available in protein foods, egg yolks being one of the better sources, as well as in ‘smelly veggies’ such as onions, garlic, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, collards, mustard greens, chard, broccoli, cauliflower, kelp and other seaweed.
One of my new favorite ways to get enough sulfur in my diet is a cauliflower crust pizza, a great gluten free alternative! I’ve seen a ton of different varieties floating around the internet so I thought i’d give it a go, it turned out great!
Cauliflower pizza crust: 1 head cauliflower, 1 egg, 1/3 cup soft cheese, such as goat cheese, 1 tsp Italian seasoning, pinch of salt. Plus toppings of your choice.
This processes is a bit nitty gritty so I’ll walk through the steps, if not done properly you end up with a bit of a soggy mess!
First you want to remove the cauliflower from the head and pulse it in a food processor until it resembles rice.
Then you want to steam the cauliflower, either in a pot of boiling water or in the microwave. Once steamed it is very important you drain well, this is the most important step. Let the cauliflower cool slightly in a fine sieve, once it is cool to the touch put in the centre of a dish cloth, twist and squeeze all of the liquid out, the drier the better.
Once your pleased with the moisture level put in a bowl, add the egg, cheese, spice and salt and mix well. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the mixture on the sheet forming into a crust.
Then bake the crust in a preheated oven at 400 for about 40 minutes, until nice and golden.
Now your ready to top! pile on whatever you’d like then just pop it in the oven for another 10 minutes or so (keep an eye on it) and your left with a very yummy, low carbohydrate (for the diabetics out there), treat.
Not so hard to get your sulfur rich veggies is it! What are some of your favourite ways?
Hope you enjoy 🙂