Why Cucumbers are so Healthy!
Coming from the gourd family, the cucumber is a creeping vine that bears cylindrical fruits used as culinary veggies. The cucumber is listed among the foods of ancient Ur, and the legend of Gilgamesh mentions the eating of cucumbers. They are also mentioned in the Bible as one of the foods eaten by the Israelites of Egypt. It’s pretty clear that cucumbers have been known to be healthy, even all the way back since the ancient times!
- Probably one of the most unexpected facts about cucumbers is that they keep you hydrated. Cucumbers are 95% water! A 5oz. serving contains about 25% of your daily water intake already.
- Cucumbers also protect your brain from disease. Fisetin, an anti-inflammatory substance is in cucumbers. Studies suggest that fisetin plays an important role in brain function.
- Hearth health is also supported from cucumbers. They contain goods amount of potassium which can help lower blood pressure and reduce rates of stroke and cardiovascular disease.
- Cucumbers can also protect your skin from the effects of aging. I’m sure you’ve seen people put cucumbers on their faces, (maybe even in this article eh?) and it’s because it has compounds that act as anti-wrinkle agents. You’ll even find cucumbers in actual cosmetic products!
- Cucumbers can relieve pain with their flavonoids. These flavonoids and tannins limit the release of free radicals in the body to reduce pain.
- Maintaining a healthy weight is very important to a healthy lifestyle. Cucumbers are very low in calories and contain fiber in the skin. There are many ways you can enjoy cucumbers. Add them in salads, eat them as pickles, or even put them in water or juice!
All in all, cucumbers are a healthy super food that you can add to your diet to maintain a healthy lifestyle!
Try this recipe – Cucumber Salad
- 2 large thinly sliced cucumbers
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons mustard
- 1 teaspoon chopped mint
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup plain low fat yogurt
- 2 tablespoons chopped dill
Combine the ingredients and mix well. Enjoy!