Who has not enjoyed on occasion a good salad of cucumber ? The cucumbers they are tender vines, of life certainly short, disordered and perennial, close relatives of the melons .
Especially in the most resistant outdoor cultivation varieties can be thorny. However, we tend to prefer these fruits when they are green and not ripe.
The cucumbers They are native to South Asia, and were cultivated by the ancient Greeks and Romans, although the first varieties were extremely bitter and were used for medicinal purposes rather than culinary.
Benefits and properties of cucumbers
As you surely have already checked, especially if, as we discussed at the beginning of this article, you have eaten a good salad, one of the properties of cucumber is that it is a refreshing fruit that calms thirst.
It has a great satiating power, helping to satisfy the appetite. For this reason, cucumber is recommended both in slimming diets itself as in people suffering from obesity.
It is also recommended for people with diabetes, because it has a low amount of sugars and carbohydrates.
In addition, we must not forget that because of its high water content is a highly diuretic and blood purifying food, while it has certainly laxative properties. Therefore, it is equally ideal for people with constipation .
Nutritional values of cucumbers
100 grams of edible part provide:
- Kilocalories: 13
- Carbohydrates: 2.2
- Proteins: 0.6
- Total fats: 0.2
- Fiber: 0.9
- Cholesterol (mg): 0
- Vitamins: (A, retinol: 28 / B1, thiamine: 0.02 / B2, riboflavin: 0.03 / B3, niacin: 0.2 / B6, pyridoxine: 0.04 / C: 8 / E: 0.1 ).
- Minerals: (Sodium: 8 / Potassium: 141 / Calcium: 15 / Phosphorus: 23 / Magnesium: 8 / Iron: 0,5 / Fluorine: 0,02).