Did you know that cucumber, a favorite in savory salads and sandwiches, is actually classified as a fruit as it grows from flowers and contains seeds! However, whether it’s fruit or vegetable is immaterial to the fact that it’s packed with the goodness of phytonutrients, important vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, hydrating water, fiber, sterols and more!
In short, making cucumber a part of your daily diet is a great idea – not just because its highly nutritious, but also because they’re highly refreshing and a very versatile ingredient! Here are the 10 big reasons why!
Big on Hydration Cucumbers contain 96% water – a natural hydrator and a fabulous way to flush out toxins
Big on Antioxidants Cucumbers are rich in antioxidants, a key nutrient to prevent and reduce cell damage by harmful free radicals
Big on Skin and Hair Care They’re loaded with skin-enriching nutrients like Vitamin K, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Silicon – the wonder mineral
Big on Heart Health Cucumbers have high fiber content- especially in the skin – which works to prevent cholesterol build-up
Big on Diabetes Control Cucumbers don’t have empty carbohydrates that induce increased blood glucose
Big on Weight Management: A cup of cucumber is 16-calories and a whole cucumber just 45-calories! Great way to kill hunger pangs nutritiously!
Big on Disease Prevention: Cucumbers contain ‘Cucurbitacins’ that may prevent cancer cells from multiplying and surviving and in prevention of Atherosclerosis
Big on Eye Care Cucumbers soothe and moisturize eyes, and its vitamin-C and folic acid fight toxins that build up from surface pollution
Big on Bowel Regularity Cucumbers contain two natural ingredients that promote healthy and regular bowel movement: Pectin – a soluble fiber and water
Big on Versatility Eat it in salads and sandwiches. Dish it up in amazing salsa and pickles, soups and gazpacho. Any which way, it’s great!
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