It’s cool, it’s healthy, and it’s a fruit that weight losers all over the world swear by. Low in calories, carbohydrates, sodium, fat and cholesterol, it’s the darling of dieticians, who are forever prescribing it to their weight conscious clients. This juicy fruit is almost as effective a thrust quencher as water and now I’m sure, you all have guessed that the fruit I’m referring to is none other than the fruit of the creeping vine – cucumber.
Indians across the globe would be happy to know that this widely liked and beneficial fruit is actually a native of India. This cucumiform fruit comes in many shapes, sizes and types and is a repository of essential nutrients like Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, VitaminK, Manganese, Potassium and Copper. Cucumber’s many health benefits include:
1. Good For Your Bones
Cucumbers are a good source of vitamin K, which is good for your bone health.
2. Good for Your Skin
Cucumbers are believed to have anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing properties.
3. Good for diabetics
Cucumber contains a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin.
4. Reduces cholesterol
A compound called sterols in cucumber helps reduce bad cholesterol.
5. Good for your heart
The fiber you consume when you have cucumbers help lower cholesterol and at the same time the potassium present in cucumbers help lower blood pressure, and the two contribute to keep your heart sturdy.
Munch on these interesting slices while mulling over the various benefits of this crunchy thirst quencher:
1.Cucumber the humble fruit which doubles up as a vegetable finds mention in the Bible.
2.In ancient Rome, cucumbers were used to treat scorpion bites, bad eyesight, and to scare away mice.
3.Cucumber blessing is a ritual practised at Shingon Buddhist temples in summer. In a cucumber blessing meeting, the priest and believers together pray that they can pass the season of hot summer in good health like fresh cucumbers.
4.Cucumber is a software tool used by computer programmers for testing other software. It runs automated acceptance tests written in a behaviour-driven development (BDD) style.
5.Sea cucumbers are animals - marine animals found on the sea floors worldwide.
So, go on and face the summer heat with confidence. Eat (don’t gorge) cucumber, keep yourself hydrated and healthy, apply cucumber paste on your face, arms and neck and fight sunburn, relax your eyes with cucumber slices and be summer ready.