Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cucumbers: More Than Just a Spa Treatment

Cucumbers are part of the botanical family, Cucurbitaceae,  which also includes cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelons. Cucumbers have often been thought of as having a low nutrient profile. While cucumber is typically enjoyed because of its mild taste and as a great addition to a salad, there are a few other health benefits that often get overlooked.

Cucumbers are made of 95% water, providing many important electrolytes and hydration when consumed. Another health benefit is the improvement of bone health. Low vitamin K intake has been associated with increased risk of bone fracture. By increasing vitamin K intake, risk of bone fracture decreases because vitamin K improves calcium absorption. In 1 cup of cucumbers with the skin on, 11% of daily vitamin K needs are met. Finally, cucumbers, along with other plant foods, have been shown to decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

To incorporate more cucumbers into your diet try adding some to a Greek style salad with tomatoes and feta cheese.  Cucumber is also great dipped in hummus or added to water. 

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