About Cucumber - Lebanese
Often referred to as and used as a vegetable, the cucumber is actually botanically classified as a fruit from a gourd (squash) family. The cucumber is thought to have originated in India and has been cultivated for more than 3,000 years. Over that time to today, a wide variety of cucumber types have been and are currently grown and eaten all over the world. Not only a good source of water, cucumbers also contain many of the daily recommended vitamins and minerals the body needs to stay happy and healthy.
If you need a pick-me-up during the day, cucumbers are a fantastic choice for a raw food snack. This refreshing fruit can rehydrate, cool, and energize the body, but even if you eat a basket of fresh cucumbers everyday you still need to drink plenty of water. For a super refreshing drink, slice up some cucumber and add to a glass of cold water. Serve and eat it raw, skin peeled, unpeeled, dipped in your favorite plant-based dip or sauce, or pickled to mouth-puckering perfection.
Want a way to help control and maintain your blood pressure? Eat cucumbers! Eating cucumbers can help you stay healthy by boosting your immune system, flushing out toxins, and aiding in digestion. They are also good for your kidneys, contains beneficial anti-inflammatory properties, and replenishes the vitamins that you use up during the day. With around 15 calories in 1 cup raw and plain, they are low in fat and cholesterol.
Cucumbers are loaded with vitamin C. This vitamin serves as one of the many antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals, lowering the risk of various cancers and illness due to damaged cells. Vitamin C has many important functions such as aiding in collagen production and brain function, and it also helps your body process fat.
A 100g serving, around 3.5 oz, of cucumber contains around 150mg of potassium. This mineral aids in metabolic functions and also plays a role in the development of muscle tissue. Adequate potassium is also necessary for maintaining normal electrical activity of the heart, and a diet rich in potassium protects you from high blood pressure.
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