Those Cool Cucumbers
Cucumbers are a refreshing summer favorite! Mild in flavor and low in calories, they're a great addition to a healthy garden juice, a traditional component of a spicy gazpacho, and a nourishing base for a cool cucumber and yogurt summer soup. They're also a handy and popular snack by themselves! Cucumbers are made up of 96 percent water with a mere 16 calories per cup
and they are packed with important nutrients!
All that in a neat little package of 16 calories per cup! What a deal!
Vitamin C. Leave cucmber's green peel on to get the biggest boost of vitamin C and folic acid. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects the body from free radicals and helps prevent the damage to cells that can lead to various cancers. Vitamin C also helps collagen production and brain function, and aids in the processing of fat.
Vitamin K. Vitamin K is important for building bone, tissue and proteins that the liver needs for blood clotting after a cut or injury. Half of the vitamin K is found in the peel, another reason to eat the skin!
Potassium. Approximately one cup of sliced cucumber contains around 150 mg. of potassium, an important mineral for metabolic functions and the development of muscle tissue. A diet rich in potassium regulates the amount of sodium in blood, and protects against high blood pressure.
Silica. Cucumber is rich in silica, which is the essential component that aids in developing strong and healthy connective tissues in the muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bone.
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