Did You Know?
Cucumbers are considered a fruit? Fruits are the part of the plant that contains the seeds. It is the part of the plant that develops from a flower.
Vegetables include celery (stem), lettuce (leaves), cauliflower and broccoli (buds), beets, carrots and potatoes (roots). Avocado, beans, pea-pods, corn kernels, cucumbers, grains, nuts, olives, peppers, pumpkin, squash, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, are technically are all fruits.
Cucumbers are low in calories and high in Vitamins and Minerals. To get the most benefits out of them, you should eat with the peel (Organic or Home Grown Only) as it provides the maximum amount of nutrients. They are rich in beneficial anti oxidants that may reduce the risk of chronic disease.
Benefits of Cucumbers
Helps skin – Cucumbers have minerals, magnesium, potassium and silicon.
Helps weight loss – Add to your water daily, eat with salads and dips = super healthy
Reduces puffy eyes – Placing chilled cucumbers on your eyes helps reduce puffiness
Reduces Cancer – Studies show by including cucumber in your daily diet reduces the risk of Cancer.
Keeps you hydrated – Cucumbers contain 96% water
Relieves sunburn and itchy skin – Apply directly to the skin for relief
Dissolves Kidney Stones – If eaten regularly
Boosts Immune System – Cucumbers contain Vitamins A,B & C
Heals diseased gums – Drinking cucumber juice heals gum disease
Makes nails and hair stronger and shinier
Healthy Kidneys – Cucumbers lower uric acid levels in your system
Muscles & Joint Pain – The vitamins and minerals in cucumbers help relieve pain
Diabetes – Cucumber contains a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin
Regular Bowel Movements – Eating cucumbers regularly may help to have regular bowel movements. They contain a good amount of fibre and water which may help prevent constipation and increase regularity.
Adults need 4,700 mg of Potassium daily, less than 2% consumes the recommended amount. Eating cucumbers will increase your amount.
Cucumbers as well as strawberries and grapes have an anti – inflammatory substance called Fisetin. Fisetin plays an important role in brain health. It has the ability to reduce the impact of age related neurological diseases on the brain function. It also helps maintain cognitive function for people with Alzheimer’s.
Protects Bones – They have a good source of vitamin K. One cup contains 22% of the recommended daily intake. Low Vitamin K has been associated with a higher risk for bone fractures.
Side Effects From Eating Too Many Cucumbers
Eating too many cucumbers can increase fluid loss and can result in an imbalance of the body.
Cucurbitacin and fatty oil in the cucumber seeds are a mild diuretic and over eating cucumbers can increase the frequency of urination which can result in loss of fluids and electrolytes, which can lead to dehydration.
Too much Vitamin C can harm body cells, the same way too much potassium can affect your kidneys. Too much fibre can cause gas, bloating and cramps. Vitamin C in excessive amounts can act like a pro-oxidant and can damage body cells and increase the risk of Cancer, acne and pre-mature aging.
Excessive water intake can increase the total volume of blood in our body. It can put strain on our blood vessels and heart and can cause excessive wear and tear on our kidneys.
Important Note: Try to buy organic cucumbers or grow your own as the wax coating that is put on them is made up of compounds such as; ethyl alcohol, soap, and milk casein. These compounds can cause skin irritations and is unhealthy for our bodies. They can also cause E. Coli. Cucumbers rank 9 in 50 fruits and vegetables tested for pesticides.
Over consumption can be fatal and can cause a condition called HyperKalemia. This is caused by having to much potassium and can lead to bloating, cramps, gas & if it gets worse, it can lead to Kidney & Renal problems.
Allergic Reactions – According to American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, people with allergies to certain foods such as; ragweed, pollen, melons, chamomile tea, bananas, & sunflower seeds could possibly be allergic to cucumbers.
Iced Green Tea With Cucumber
4 cups boiling water
2 green tea bags
3 tbsp honey
1/2 cucumber peeled and chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
Steep your tea bags in your boiling water for about 5 minutes. Remove bags and add your honey, stir to dissolve.
Refrigerate the green tea for at least 4 hrs until well chilled.
In a mason jar or cocktail shaker & muddle the cucumber and lemon together to combine flavours ( really mash cucumbers to get all the juices out of it ).
Strain the lemon juice and cucumber juice into the green tea and stir. Serve over crushed ice and add lots of cucumbers and lemon slices.
Makes 6 – 1 cup servings
Prep – 10 min
Calories – 86 per serving
Carbs – 7 g per serving
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tbsp fresh dill
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
6 cups chopped cucumbers
1 small red onion
In a large bowl, whisk together the sour cream, dill, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic powder. Season with salt to taste.
Stir in chopped cucumbers and red onion.
Cucumbers have the following benefits:
- Potential anti diabetic
- Anti-oxidant activity
- Cleansing action of toxins and waste
- Soothing effect against skin irritation
- Prevents constipation
Disclaimer – The information contained in this post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as medical advice or as an alternative to medical medicine.