I have re-discovered the unassuming cucumber, as an ally in my effort to reduce my (bad) LDL cholesterol a few points. My LDL cholesterol is currently 132 and considered borderline high. My total cholesterol is 232, which needs reducing to below 200. My (good) HDL cholesterol is 93. Some simple changes in my diet will remedy the bad cholesterol: I am cutting out foods I consume with high cholesterol and replacing them with a cucumber instead (whether eating with a meal or eating it as a meal by itself.) This underrated veggie has zero cholesterol, as well as many other health benefits worthy of mention! Wish me luck!
Cucumbers are 95% water!
Eating a cucumber a day will aid in hydrating my body and replenishing my daily vitamins! I struggle with drinking the recommended 64 oz. water per day. Since cucumbers are 95% water, adding them to my daily diet will count toward my water intake! In addition, cucumbers have most of the vitamins we need daily.
Cucumbers provide beneficial amounts of vitamins C and K!
Wash the cucumber thoroughly and slice with the skin left on, as it also contains beneficial amounts of vitamin C and K. A cucumber (approximately 8-1/4″ long or 301 g) eaten with peel left on contains 14% of RDV (recommended daily value) of vitamin C and 62% of vitamin K of RDV. To view the full nutritional chart for cucumbers, visit Nutrition Facts. Vitamin K aids in building bone, and helps to prevent blood clotting. Vitamin C helps make collagen needed for healthy teeth, gums, bones, and blood vessels.
Cucumbers can also help prevent certain types of cancers!
Cucumbers contain three lignans: lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three elements in cucumbers have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, and prostate cancer. This is another great reason to eat more cucumbers!
Cucumbers are a good source of potassium!
Potassium is an important electrolyte that is healthy for the heart. Cucumbers are also low in sodium; containing only 2 mg per 100 g of the vegetable. The 147 mg of potassium provided in 100 g of cucumber helps reduce total blood pressure and heart rates by countering the effects of sodium.
Add a cucumber to your daily diet and benefit!
There are many other benefits of cucumbers. For more facts about cucumbers, visit the links embedded in this article. One other great feature of the cucumber is that it is filling! It will help you feel full faster when eaten alone or with a meal. This can aid in weight loss! So join me this summer and “eat more cucumbers!” Let’s not ignore the great health benefits of this delicious vegetable.