Discover why eating cucumber is good for you.
How do you like your cucumbers prepared? I always love mine freshly sliced and floating in vinegar with onions, tomatoes, and ginger and seasoned with salt, sugar and ground black pepper. It makes such a hearty appetizer.
The cucumber is a member of the gourd family Cucurbitaceae, which includes squash and watermelon. It originated in India, and the English word cucumber came from its Indian name “kachumber.”
Ever wondered how the expression “cool as a cucumber” came about? The fruit’s inside can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the outside due to its water content and strong flesh which is 90% water, and has an amazing capacity to retain water and remain cool.
Among the health benefits of this pumpkin relative include:
Cucumber has vitamin K, required to make at least three proteins essential for bone formation. Research suggests that vitamin K might inhibit the growth of tumors and cancer cells.
Its hard green skin is high in fiber and contains silica, potassium and magnesium. Studies have shown that eating foods high in potassium, magnesium and fiber is beneficial for healthier blood pressure levels. The recommendation of drinking cucumber juice to improve complexion and skin health is not only due to its naturally hydrating water content but also due to its silica content. This compound is an essential component of healthy connective tissues.
Cucumbers are also famously used for various skin problems, including sunburn, swelling and dermatitis. This is due to its vitamin C and caffeic acid content which helps prevent water retention.
One of the best things about this crunchy fruit is what it does not have—calories. A half cup of the sliced fruit has less than 20 calories.
Choose well-shaped, firm and deep green cucumbers when buying.
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