Cucumber is a very low calorie vegetable but rich in water, minerals and antioxidants that can help hydrate the body and maintain the proper functioning of the intestines, therefore boosting health.
In addition to pulp, rind and seeds can also be eaten and are rich in fiber and beta-carotene, which may contribute to the health of your eyes, skin and hair.
So, the health benefits of cucumber are:
- It helps to lose weight because it is low in calories and gives a feeling of satiety;
- Improves muscle contraction and health by containing potassium and magnesium;
- Improves blood circulation, being low in fat and rich in water;
- Maintains hydration as it is mainly made of water;
- Improves intestinal transit due to the presence of fibers;
- Prevents cancer, being rich in flavonoids and lignins, which are powerful antioxidants;
- Improves skin, nail, eye and hair health by containing antioxidants and carotenoids;
- Improves heart health by being rich in potassium.
The cucumber's hard peel and its water-rich interior guarantee it a temperature that is always below environmental temperature, which can make it excellent for cooling and toning the skin when placed on the skin or under dark circles for example.
To obtain these benefits, you should consume 1 to 3 units of cucumber each week and it can be used in salads, juices and pickles. But when cucumber digestion is not well done, a good alternative to eating it is to put cucumber slices in water and drink water during the day. For each liter of water, it is recommended you put about 250 g of cucumber.
Nutritional information and how to use it
The following table represents the nutritional composition of 100 g of raw cucumber:
|Carbohydrate||1,7 g||Carotenoids||35 mcg|
|Protein||1,4 g||Potassium||140 mg|
|Fat||0,6 g||Magnesium||8 mg|
|Fibers||0,7 g||Phosphor||18 mg|
Cucumber can be eaten raw, added in juices and vitamins or eaten in the form of pickles, which helps to conserve it for longer. But not everyone can digest cucumbers efficiently, and a good alternative to eating low-calorie fiber and vitamins is by eating zucchini or eggplant.
- 1/3 cup of cider or apple vinegar;
- 1 tablespoon sugar;
- 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger;
- 1 Japanese cucumber.
Mix sugar, vinegar and ginger and stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Add the thinly sliced cucumber with peel and leave for at least two hours in the refrigerator before serving.
Cucumber Detox Juice
- 2 peeled apples;
- 1 medium cucumber;
- 3 leaves of mint.
Remove the seeds from the apples and beat all the ingredients in a blender. Drink ice cold without adding sugar.
- 4 lettuce leaves;
- 1/2 pack of watercress;
- 1 large diced tomato;
- 1 boiled egg;
- 1 sliced or diced cucumber;
- 1 grated carrot;
- Olive oil, vinegar, parsley, lemon and oregano to season.
Cook the egg and chop the vegetables, mixing everything and seasoning as desired. Serve fresh as a starter, for lunch or dinner. If you wish, you can add shredded chicken or tuna for dinner.