General Grocery Shopping Tips15/08/2016
- Cucumbers are scientifically called Cucumis sativus and are low-calorie veggies, low in sodium, fat and cholesterol with many nutritional benefits some of which are listed below:
- Keeps you hydrated –Their high water content helps reduce dehydration and combat the heat.
- Promotes joint health, relieves gout and arthritis pain -Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is known to help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. Cucumbers are rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels.
- Hangover cure – To avoid a morning hangover or headache; eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of headaches and hangovers.
Aids in weight loss and digestion – Due to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people who want to loss weight. The high water content and dietary fiber in cucumbers are very effective in removing toxins from the digestive system. Therefore, it aids digestion; 1 cucumber has 1.5g of fiber. Daily consumption of cucumbers can help to reduce chronic constipation.
Revives the eyes. Placing chilled slices of cucumber on the eyes help reduce under-eye bags and puffiness.
Reduces cholesterol. Cucumbers have plant sterols which may help reduce bad cholesterol.
Enjoy cucumber in your salad or as a snack. One of my favorite snacks: cucumber with peanut, hmm yummy!