How healthy are Cucumbers
In this post I am exploring cucumbers. Cucumbers are one of
the most common vegetables like tomatoes and lettuce. Lets begin with the
nutritional value of cucumbers.
First the nutritional value of cucumbers in terms of Carbs,
Proteins, Fats, Vitamins, and Minerals is best when you eat it with its skin
on, its limited but healthy. One of the most important aspects of a cucumber to
me is its numerous bioactive phtyocompounds including cucurbitacians, lignans,
and flavonoids. Stated as a benefit they can help as an anti-cancer,
anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antidiabetic, antibacterial, antifungal,
pain-killing, wound healing, and laxative. So a eating healthy plan should
include some cucumbers.
Ever heard the phrase “Cool as a cucumber” well its because
an average sized cucumber contains about 10oz of water. The cucumber contains
about 96% water so it is a great way to stay hydrated which is so important to
us in summer.
Other uses or remedies; cucumbers may soothe a sunburn. Some
suggest that a blended cucumber into a mash applied to a sunburn could soothe
the skin due to its high water and it many antioxidant, antibacterial, and
analgesic compounds may aid in healing of the sunburn.
Cucumbers can be used to reduce under eye puffiness. The
classic spa picture of a lady relaxing with slices of cucumber over her eyes is
true, it can help and its cooling and relaxing.
Cucumbers can be a temporary fix for halitosis. Have you
ever eaten some garlicky dip or food and you realize that with every breath you
can still taste the garlic? Well look for the cucumbers, they can cool and
cleanse your mouth and tame that halitosis of the garlic.