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
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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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Nhm! So much benefits from Cucumber. Glad to have visit this site.
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Great post on the humble cucumber, it’s amazing what you can get from something that’s 95% water. Third time lucky. 🙂
Yes, I was totally amazed when I found out how much water was in a cucumber. If you add cucumber to your water, I think you would really love it. It tastes pretty awesome. You may also be interested in my Super Foods that Burn Fat post.
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Devara after reading your article last night I decided to add some cucumber to my normal morning ginger tea – ginger is so spicy which I love but I loved the complementary flavour of cucumber too.
Can you tell me? Is the cucumber soup intended to be served hot or cold or either? Thanks
Thanks for visiting my site. I’m so glad you have started to add cucumber to your diet by including it in your ginger tea. I will have to try it that way. It sounds delicious!
I know it must sound confusing, but even though this is called a “Detox Soup”, Dr. Axe says it’s intended to server “cool”. Here is his quote; “This refreshing soup makes a healthy meal. It’s also ready in minutes, and because it’s served cool, this cucumber soup is portable, excellent for taking to work. You won’t believe how good a detox can taste!” https://draxe.com/recipe/secret-cucumber-detox-soup/
It’s really a very simple recipe to put together. I use my Ninja single serving blender cup to mix mine up and it works perfect and it taste delicious too!
Please try it and let me know what you think. I would love to hear your thoughts about it.
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Intriguing to see the nutritional aspect broken down into detail, as it proves how Cucumber can be beneficial towards weight loss. Found it interesting to learn that cucumber is technically classed as a fruit but treated like a vegetable, I know this is the case with Avocado & Tomatoes.
Yes, it was news to me as well. I had no idea it was really a fruit. From what I researched, I guess it is a fruit and a vegetable. Pretty amazing. Try it in your water sometime and let me know what you think. I think it’s pretty awesome!
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Loved your post, I will make the detox soup, sounds a great deal, I can feel already my body feeling good with this soup!
It is amazing how many benefits in just one veggie, for pretty much every function of your body.
Very well detailed and clear information, I really thank you for this article.
People need more qualified advice from authors, such as yours.
Thanks for visiting my site. I’m glad you found this post interesting. Cucumbers are pretty awesome! Please let me know what you think about the detox soup if you try it. I would like to hear your opinions.
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Wow, I sure learned a lot about cucumbers. I had no idea. I’m a fan of cucumbers… lol, didn’t know it was considered a fruit.
I have heard cucumber slices, when you put them on your eyes can reduce puffiness… how long does it take to see results? How long do you leave them on and how often should this be done?
Thanks for visiting my site! I’m glad you learned more about cucumbers from my post here at Muffin Top Belly Fix.
The amount of time it takes for cucumbers to relieve eye puffiness can vary, but it’s a great and natural way to do it. Here are the steps:
* Take a cool cucumber from the refrigerator and slice two pieces large enough to sit on your eyes
* Close your eyes and place the cucumber slices on them. Relax for about 15-20 minutes, remove and pat eyes dry
* You can do this twice during the day; morning and evening until you see that the puffiness comes down
I hope this helps. Please let me know if you need further information. You may also be interested in my “Best Salsa” post. There is a lot of information about tomatoes and their benefits as well as my very own salsa recipe. https://mymuffintopbellyfix.com/best-salsa-from-fresh-tomatoes
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