Most of us have an opinion of cucumber that often ranges from tasteless to boring to somewhat futile. But although it tastes sweet, cucumbers are far from boring and there are some very good reasons to eat them.
First of all, cucumbers disguise themselves as a vegetable, but are actually a fruit. How interesting is that? Also, cucumbers contain an amazing amount of nutrients, both in their flesh and in their skin. In addition, cucumbers contain no fat, very few calories and lots of water, which makes them ideal for hydration and weight loss.
Therefore, if you have so far given up consuming cucumbers because you thought they were useless, it is time to reconsider. Eating cucumbers every day is good for you, inside and out. Cucumbers may even offer some protection against cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Below are all the positive physical changes you can expect if you start eating a cucumber every day. You’ll love number 3, but it may be number 6 that you secretly enjoy the most!
Protection from disease
Cucumbers contain a lot of antioxidants, which are molecules that can prevent oxidative damage in the body. They join with unpaired electrons, called free radicals; and neutralize them to protect you from problems like chronic disease and premature aging. In fact, free radical damage is closely linked to heart and lung problems, cancer and autoimmune diseases.
Daily consumption of cucumber increases the intake of antioxidants, including effective flavonoids and tannins. A study in which 30 older adults had their diets supplemented with cucumber powder showed that the antioxidant activity of all participants was significantly improved from baseline.
Of course, we all know how important it is to stay well hydrated; but many of us struggle to actually drink enough water each day. Maybe you have too much on your plate or just don’t feel like it. Whatever the reason, it’s a problem because water plays a crucial role in temperature regulation, metabolism; physical performance and waste elimination. Chronic dehydration can seriously affect your overall well-being.
The good news is that by eating water-rich foods like cucumbers; you can increase the amount of water in your diet. All fruits and vegetables contain a considerable amount of water, but cucumbers are 96% water. This means you can consume a lot more water with relatively little effort. Studies show that increasing fruit and vegetable consumption improves hydration status. In fact, it’s perfectly acceptable to get up to 40% of your daily fluid needs from food.
Possible weight loss by Eating cucumber
Combined with other lifestyle changes, the humble cucumber offers several opportunities for weight loss – including reducing consumption of added sugars. Cucumbers help because they are very low in calories, but contain a lot of fiber. When you eat them, you feel full and satisfied, without a lot of carbohydrates pushing your weight up.
If you eat a whole cucumber every day; you only consume 45 calories (and no fat), but you get a considerable amount of protein; vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, potassium and manganese. But let’s not forget the water. Studies show that a water-rich diet is associated with a significant reduction in body mass.
Reduce blood sugar levels by Eating cucumber
Uncontrolled blood sugar levels are the cause of diabetes; and the type 2 variant is particularly associated with a diet high in sugar. Today, doctors know that chronically high blood sugar levels place an enormous burden on the body and greatly increase the risk of developing diabetes; even if you don’t yet have it. This condition is called pre-diabetes, and hundreds of thousands of people suffer from it without knowing it.
It simply makes sense to take steps now to control your blood sugar. Several animal and test tube studies indicate that cucumbers can reduce blood sugar levels and protect against diabetes. One animal study looked at the effects of different plants on blood sugar levels and found that cucumbers reduced blood sugar levels. Another animal study concluded that cucumber skin extract could reverse changes associated with diabetes in mice.
Regular bowel movements
No one likes to talk about it, but constipation is a big nuisance (pun intended). There are many causes of constipation, including stress, dehydration and poor diet. But don’t worry, eating cucumbers daily can help you drink regularly. As we know, cucumbers contain a lot of water, which makes the stool softer and facilitates transit.
The fiber in cucumbers also helps. The particular type in cucumbers is a soluble fiber called pectin. Studies show that pectin swells stool (making it easier to pass); speeds up the movement of intestinal muscles and feeds the good intestinal bacteria we depend on to support digestion.
Cucumbers are nutritious and refreshing, fat-free and high in fiber. Because of their mild flavor, some people find them boring, but we prefer to call them versatile! Cucumbers go well with leafy greens and almost any vegetable you can imagine. They can be blended into smoothies, juices and soups and give a health boost you’ll hardly taste. And with their mild, natural taste, cucumbers also absorb strong flavors very well. Cucumbers, who wants them?
If you eat at least one cucumber a day, you’ll enjoy several important health benefits. You’ll probably lose pounds, balance your water balance; regulate your digestion, lower your blood sugar and reduce your risk of developing certain diseases, including cancer. We’d say it’s a habit worth making!