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Is cauliflower rice or cauliflower pizza healthy?

  1. Cauliflower rice and other products that consist entirely of vegetables are healthy and are listed in the Wheel of Five. Products that partly consist of vegetables, such as cauliflower pizza, are not always included in the Wheel of Five. It depends on what else is in the product whether it is healthy.

  1. Eating fresh vegetables and frozen vegetables is healthy. There are more and more new, innovative products in the supermarket that contain vegetables. There is cauliflower rice and zucchini spaghetti. There are also pizza bases and pita breads. Part of the flour has been replaced by vegetables. Below are some examples.

Examples of "new" vegetable products

  1. Consists of 100% vegetables: Cauliflower rice: very finely chopped or grated cauliflower. Used in a recipe instead of regular rice. Zucchini Spaghetti, Zucchini or Zucchetti: strings of zucchini, made with a spirelli / spiralizer. Used in a recipe instead of regular spaghetti. Partly consists of vegetables: Pizza base with cauliflower or zucchini. Part of the flour has been replaced by vegetables. Pita bread with carrot, bell pepper, spinach or beet. Part of the flour has been replaced by vegetables. Green pasta or lasagne sheets. Part of the flour has been replaced by spinach. Vegetable snacks such as vegetable croquettes, sausage rolls or spring rolls. Part (meat) filling has been replaced by vegetables.

  1. 100% vegetables: healthy choice New vegetable products that consist of 100% vegetables, such as cauliflower and zucchini spaghetti, are healthy and are listed in the Wheel of Five. Nothing has been added to these products. Cauliflower rice, for example, is made from grated cauliflower, and zucchini spaghetti consists of strings of courgette.

Share vegetables: not automatically healthy

  1. Many new vegetable products that partly consist of vegetables are not automatically healthy. It may still contain unhealthy ingredients. A sausage roll in which the sausage has been replaced by vegetables is slightly healthier, but it still has puff pastry on it. And puff pastry contains unhealthy saturated fat. Pizza crusts and pita bread with vegetables in them may be slightly healthier than the all-white variants, but they are not in the Wheel of Five. That's because these products still consist in part of white flour. White flour and other white products, such as white bread and white pasta, contain little fiber and do not meet the criteria of the Wheel of Five.

New vegetable products healthy?

  1. The advice is to eat 250 grams of vegetables a day. New vegetable products can help you get enough vegetables faster. It depends on how much vegetables are in it, and what else is in the product, whether it is really healthier for you. Little is known about the effect of these new vegetable products on health. It is not clear whether vegetables processed in a product, such as in a pizza crust or pita bread, are just as good for you as vegetables that you eat with a meal. Studies into the health effects of vegetables only looked at vegetables that have not been processed or have been minimally processed (e.g. cooking). Vegetables in vegetable products do provide nutritional value. The fiber, vitamins and minerals also count towards your daily intake. For example, a pita bread with carrot puree contributes to the intake of beta-carotene.

Vegetable advice

  1. We recommend eating mainly fresh vegetables or vegetables from the freezer. Vary plenty with different types of vegetables. Vegetables are delicious with a hot meal, at lunch, on your bread or as a snack in between. For variety, you can opt for products that consist of 100% vegetables, such as cauliflower rice and courgetti. This can also help you get your daily 250 grams of vegetables more easily. Keep in mind that vegetable spaghetti and vegetable rice contain fewer calories than pasta and rice. So it may be that you get hungry again sooner. Whole-grain products such as wholemeal pasta and brown rice are also listed in the Wheel of Five and you need them. If you are going to eat pizza or a pita bread, you can choose a variant with vegetables in it. Of course you can also add vegetables yourself to make your meal healthier. Choose a vegetable product? Compare the nutritional values ​​and choose the product with less saturated fat and salt. The "Do I Choose Healthy?" App can help you with this. Looking for healthy recipes? Then look in the recipe finder.

  2. We recommend eating mainly fresh vegetables or vegetables from the freezer. Vary plenty with different types of vegetables. Vegetables are delicious with a hot meal, at lunch, on your bread or as a snack in between



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