“Cool as a cucumber” “fit as a cucumber,” you may have heard these phrases a lot used by everyone around you. It sounds very cool and is also very accurate. To understand this concept closely, you should first understand the benefits of cucumber.
Cucumber is a very rich fruit. Yes, you read it right; it’s a fruit but is always mistaken as a vegetable. Due to its properties in culinary, it is used as a vegetable; however, botany wise it’s a fruit like a tomato. No wonder why cucumber and tomato always go together.
We’ve all heard our ancestors talk about the never ending uses of cucumber for overcoming many problems and have been used in traditional medicine in India since ages. Cucumber has shown excellent benefits for weight loss in this era of fast food, especially for those looking for a fit mind and body.
Cucumber is cultivated in all nations for more than 3000 years. Therefore, this is the reason why our ancestors are well aware of the benefits of cucumber. It originated in India then across Europe and now is used by everyone across the globe.
To understand how cucumber can help you lose weight, first, we need to understand its nutritional properties which help in weight loss. It has generous amounts of vitamin C and K, which have shown maximum results to reduce fat.
Nutrition Facts about Cucumber
- Calorie: 16g
- Fat: 0.1g
- Cholesterol: 0
- Sodium: 2mg
- Carbohydrates: 3.6g
- Fiber: 0.5g
- Sugar: 1.7g
- Protein: 0.7g
From the above table you can see that the fat and cholesterol content is negligible and the calorie level also being very less (now that’s a bonus offer). This way cucumber increases the metabolism rate and helps in burning fat.
Cucumber is a rich source of minerals, which includes high amounts of phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium. It also contains electrolyte potassium, which helps to smooth the digestion process. Cucumber also makes it healthy to regulate the sodium amount in our blood.
Apart from the mineral source, cucumber has high water content which helps in conducting all the bodily functions efficiently. A half-cup serving of raw, sliced cucumber contains almost 50 grams of water per serving. This shows that our daily water intake can be achieved by water-rich food such as cucumber.
I’ve compiled some major benefits of cucumber for its efficient use in weight reduction:
For starters, cucumber helps to flush out all the impurities in our body and helps for a healthy metabolism. It supports our digestive track which helps to cleanse the liver and makes a way out for all the toxins and waste.
They are also great for uncomfortable water retention and bloating. After eating salty food or alcohol cucumber can serve as an antioxidant to detox and also reduce fat.
The simplest way to reduce weight is a calorie deficit. Regular cucumber intake in your diet can help you shed kilograms in a short period. The very simple logic behind this is that if you consume fewer calories, your body will end up using excess fats stores as a store of energy.
A cup of sliced cucumbers has just 14 calories which constitute less than 1percent of the daily calorie intake. Even if you take a large portion of it (I mean really large) still the calorie content would be around 45.
It is a very low energy density food which means it can make you feel satisfied and full for a long period. So as more fat it burns the thinner you become. Now, what more can we ask for?
Cucumbers are 95 percent water which makes it easier complete our water intake by eating this water dense food. Experts recommend 2 liters of water intake per day and many people find it very difficult to complete this. Hence, this serves as a great alternative.
As cucumber is rich in water content, it gives you a feeling of being full as it occupies a large portion of your stomach. It reduces your want for more food and hence, the calorie intake reduces.
Now I know that most of you are aware of these benefits for weight reduction but the way you consume cucumber also weighs a factor for its use. For this reason, I have also provided some serving tips to help you to have the maximum result.
Different Ways of Eating Cucumber
In many countries, cucumber is widely used in salads as an appetizer or a pre-dinner snack. Eating it before a meal sends the brain a signal of being “full,” which helps you to prevent overeating the main course.
Now you can try a mixture of tomatoes, basil and lemon drinks making it as an ideal salad combination both healthy and delicious.
This is regarded as the best way to consume cucumber with water; you can also add lemon to make it flavored as it is said to be the best combination drink. You can also go for smoothies with unsweetened coconut water, chunks of frozen pineapple or a handful of parsley.
If you are keen on just mixing coconut and water, then the best way is to store it in the refrigerator for some hours or overnight. Top the cucumber slices with some ice to keep it submerged and voila you have made a refreshment drink.
I know it sounds very weird, but I have read it in many places, and the result it has shown is amazing. To make this, a spiral cutter is used, and it is used as an alternative to pasta. It can be cooked in red tomato sauce, and cucumber can be added.
This way, substituting food with cucumber can cut calories to a great amount, and burn fat at a higher pace.
Detoxing Cucumber Soup
Consuming cucumber in a form of soup is also a good way to go.
It can be tried with avocado, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar on the side. I have personally tried it, and I can tell you it tastes delicious and the best refreshment before a meal.
These are just some ways to consume cucumber which not only benefits you health wise but also rejuvenates you to a large extent. There are many benefits of cucumber which can work wonders for you, which are as list below:
- It reduces the risk of cancer as it constitutes lignin.
- It helps in controlling your blood pressure.
- It also helps to prevent digestive problems and constipation.
- It has proven to reduce the risk of heart diseases.
- It also helps diabetic patients by helping the pancreas to produce more insulin.
- It also aids in teeth and gum problems.
- It reduces cholesterol levels as it has an element of sterols in it.
- It helps with skin problems such as acne, puffiness, redness and skin irritation.
- It also acquires a great cooling effect.
The list is endless, and I could go on for days. I seriously believe that cucumber is much underrated. This is because only a few people are aware of its all-rounder benefits. There are a variety of cucumbers available in the marketplace today. Know more about them in our adjacent blog post.
Are looking to lose some weight? Yes! Then, I highly recommend introducing cucumber to your diet. It will work wonders and help you shed that extra weight in no time.
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