Cucumbers - not just for salads or to put over puffy eyes
Now we’re experiencing summer weather and salads it’s worth pointing out that cucumber should be high up on your list of fruit to consume in the coming weeks.
The ubiquitous cucumber packs a punch when it comes to hydration - whether you’re eating it or drinking water infused with tt.
Though commonly thought to be a vegetable, cucumber is actually a fruit and scores high in beneficial nutrients.
Cucumbers are composed of about 96% water, they are especially effective at promoting hydration and can help you meet your daily fluid needs.
They are also low in calories, high in water and can be used as a low-calorie topping for many dishes.
Add in the fact they’re low in calories and contain a good amount of water and soluble fibre, making them ideal for promoting hydration and aiding in weight loss.
To maximise the nutrient content, cucumbers should be eaten unpeeled as peeling them reduces the amount of fibre, as well as certain vitamins and minerals.
Cucumbers contain antioxidants, including flavonoids and tannins, which prevent the accumulation of harmful free radicals and may reduce the risk of chronic disease.
High in water they also and promote hydration. Moreover, cucumbers contain pectin a type of soluble fibre which helps regulate bowel movements.Staying hydrated can improve stool consistency, prevent constipation and help maintain regular bowel movements.
In our home we drink cucumber water and snack on cucumber and carrots with hummus.
Low cost, low calories and a myriad of uses and here is the science behind why we should all be eating more of the humble cucumber.