Why You Should Add Summer Cucumbers Into Your Diet
With the summer heat in full swing and with the long, sunny days stretching out in front of us, we’re probably going to start scouring the internet for the best ways to keep cool. While some of you may jump into a river, a pool, or dip your toes in the ocean, we’ve always preferred to fix our problems with food. And there’s one vegetable that’s cooler than all of the rest – cucumbers. The Cucumus sativus, commonly known as the cucumber, is indeed a fruit and not a vegetable. The cucumber belongs to the melon and squash family along with pumpkin and zucchini. Unlike lettuce, which also contains a lot of water but negligible nutritional value, this cylindrical fruit carries with it numerous health benefits.
Great for Weight Loss
Cucumbers are one of the vegetables with the highest water content, which means they offer valuable vitamins and minerals, yet they’re super low in calories, with only about 16 calories per cup. Since they’re about 95 percent water, they do a good job of taking up room in your stomach and visually adding volume to meals without weighing you down. This means you can eat more and feel sated while still sticking to an overall healthy, low-calorie or low-carb weight loss plan. Plus, cucumber nutrition can help quench thirst and prevent the desire to snack due to dehydration.
Cucumbers provide important minerals that help maintain a healthy heart, including potassium and magnesium. Potassium is linked to healthier blood pressure levels since it helps control fluids in the body. Therefore low potassium intake from fruits and veggies is often correlated with poorer heart health. Magnesium-rich foods are also beneficial for blood pressure in addition to general nerve functioning, heartbeat regulation, fluid balance, better blood sugar stability and higher energy expenditure.
PREPARE FOR THE HEALTHIEST YOU CAN BE!
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