One of the oldest cultivated types of vegetables, cucumber, is one of the best summer refreshments. It belongs to the family Cucurbitaceae, which also includes squash and watermelon. It has few calories, lots of water and many useful ingredients.
Health Benefits of cucumber
It has only 15kcal per 100g of raw foods. If it is eaten with corn, it is good source and fiber, so it is a great choice for those who have decided to reduce the diet.
This vegetable is one of the best sources of potassium among vegetables. It contains 147mg of potassium and only 2mg of sodium. So it is very useful for all those who are struggling with high blood pressure and seeing the health of the heart and blood vessels.
It is rich in beta and alpha carotene, vitamin C, vitamin A, lutein and polyphenols with lignans, which have been paying increasing attention to lately. From lignans, cucumbers contain pinoresinol, which has a great importance in the prevention of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer, as well as in the prevention of prostate cancer.
Also, cucumber on the body has a mild diuretic effect due to potassium and water it contains.
It also contains a significant amount of vitamin K that is responsible for bone building.
What you need to know about cucumber
- Always choose a solid cucumber, with undamaged dark green corn, and with non-skewed ends.
- If you eat them with curd, wash them well under a strong jet of water to remove all impurities.
- From cucumber can be made various salads, and also refreshing healthy drinks.