Cucumber Benefits for Weight Loss
Cucumber Benefits for Weight Loss
Did you know about the Cucumber Benefits for Weight Loss? That’s right! It’s a great fruit/vegetable to include in your diet. Cucumbers are low in calories and can detox the body, reduce bloating, ease constipation, soothe stomach irritation, lower cholesterol and blood glucose, and it has zero fat! Above all of that, they are even easy to grow yourself! What more can you ask for?
Cucumber Benefits for Weight Loss
Bet you didn’t know…
Cucumbers are really a fruit when considering their botanical qualities, but still seen as a vegetable. Fruit growing plants generally produce a flower before produces the fruit and fruit contain seeds.
Cucumbers produce a yellow flower before they are produced and they contain seeds.
Unlike fruit, cucumbers do not contain any sugar! This makes it as a more appealing vegetable and one we usually include in salads, on sandwiches, and wraps.
So you are not wrong to consider them as a vegetable, because depending on who you ask and where you research, you will find that cucumbers are considered both a fruit and a vegetable.
They also contain zero fat. They are very high in nutrition, but low in calories and have a 95% water content.
One cup of cucumbers not peeled has about 16 calories, therefore you can eat more of them and feel satiated. This helps you stay on track with your low-calorie, low-carb weight loss plan.
Nutritional Benefits from Cucumbers
Here’s the breakdown according to Dr. Axe:
One Cup of unpeeled cucumbers, consist of:
- 16 calories
- Zero protein, fat, fiber or sugar
- 17 milligrams Vitamin K
- 3 milligrams Vitamin C
- 6 milligrams magnesium
- 152 milligrams potassium
- 8 milligrams manganese
- 95% Water
Just by looking at the nutritional facts, it’s obvious why there are cucumber benefits for weight loss. What other fruit do you know about that has zero sugar?
Here’s a quick summary from cucumber nutritional benefits…
The vitamin K is found in the cucumbers skin. Vitamin K builds bones even better than calcium and cucumbers contain 22 percent of your daily intake. Leaving the skin on is definitely a bonus.
Vitamin C improves the absorption of iron from plant-based foods and helps the immune system work properly to protect the body from disease. Vitamin C is also necessary to make collagen, a protein required to help heal wounds. Getting your recommended daily intake of vitamin C (for adults, between 75-90 mg), can also make getting over colds easier and faster.
Magnesium is a mineral that has anti-inflammatory benefits, can lower blood pressure, lower the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, boost exercise performance, and supports hundreds of chemical reactions in your body. For a supplement the recommended daily intake averages between 300-400 mg for adults depending on male or female.
Potassium-rich foods can improve heart health, reduce the risk of stroke, alleviate high blood pressure, decrease cramps, lower cellulite appearance, and help protect against Osteoporosis. The recommended daily intake for adults is about 4.7 g.
Manganese supports healthy bones, a better metabolism, proper function of the thyroid gland and sex hormones, as well as help regulate blood sugar levels. The recommended daily intake for adults is about 2.3 mg.
The water content in cucumbers will keep you hydrated, cool, and refreshed as well as fuller on the tummy. They also work as a detox because they support the digestive tract and help cleanse the liver. Also, being that they contain so much water, the body will produce more urine allowing toxins and waste to leave the body sooner and help reduce bloating.
Let’s not forget, cucumbers are great for hydrating and soothing the skin. It is a known home remedy to treat acne, red and inflamed skin, headaches, and help with the appearance of your eyes.
For the Eyes….
Just lay back, apply a cucumber slice on each eye and relax in a tub or in the bed right before bedtime. The ascorbic and caffeic acid found in cucumbers lowers the water retention in the eyes. Therefore, reducing swelling and puffiness around the eyes. They are also good for lightening dark circles under the eyes, making them appear youthful again.
Easy to Grow Cucumbers Yourself
I prefer growing my cucumber plants vertically. It’s an easier way to contain them, keep the weeds out of them, and keeps them from laying on the ground and rotting. Cucumbers will fool you, so be careful! I only planted 3 and have gotten hundreds of cucumbers from them.
They grow with very little maintenance. You would want to make some kind of support for your plants. I use cattle wire, cut to size, rolled into a circle, and staked together with a single plant in the middle of each one. This method has worked very well for me. If you look closely at my garden in the picture below, you will notice the chicken wire. This also helps protect your plants from wildlife.
Ways to consume Cucumbers
In your water…
Cucumber Benefits for Weight Loss includes adding some cucumbers to your water and enjoy a great new taste. It’s best to let the cucumbers soak in the water for a few hours to get the full effect. This makes for an awesome and refreshing drink. It’s great for you and easy to make.
You can also try this Cucumber, Lemon, and Ginger detox; click here for the recipe. You can even throw in some strawberries or mint leaves for a whole new taste.
As a Salad…
Add some fresh sliced cucumbers to your salad for lunch or dinner. They give salad an extra crunch of freshness. I also make this great cucumber and onion salad recipe that my family loves.
I’ll share the recipe, but keep in mind that it does have a lot of sugar in it. So you only want to eat it in small portions as a side dish.
Cucumber Salad Recipe
- 1 Tbsp Salt
- 6 Large cucumbers, thinly sliced
- 1 Onion, thinly sliced
- 2 Cups Sugar
- 1 Cup White Vinegar
- 1/2 Tsp Celery Seed
Put the sliced cucumbers in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of salt and let sit for 2 hours. Drain the water off and add all the other ingredients. Refrigerate. (It’s best to make the day before serving)
In your Smoothie…
Here is a link for a great smoothie I discovered:
Cucumber Avocado Smoothie (250 Calories)
Secret Detox Soup from Dr. Axe….
Follow this link: Secret Cucumber Detox Soup Recipe
My name is Devara and I love to garden in my spare time. Cucumbers are fun and easy to grow. They are fun, because you always know when you visit the garden that if you don’t get anything else you’ll definitely find a bucket full of cucumbers.
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