Cucumbers: The versatile veggie

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Cucumbers are part of the gourd family called Cucurbitaceae.
There are three main varieties of cucumbers include seedless, pickled, and sliced.
They are usually consumed raw or pickled. The leaves, stem, and seeds are used
in Asian cuisines. It is also readily used in the cosmetic industry for
lotions, soaps, shampoos, and fragrances. This green vegetable will not hurt
your waistline as one cup of slices has about 16 calories and 4 grams of
carbohydrates, with only 2 grams of sugar. To maximize nutritional value,
cucumbers should not be peeled when eaten.

Cucumbers have multiple benefits. They are high in nutrients
with vitamin C, K, magnesium, potassium, and manganese. They are 95% water and
some people get as much as 40% of their water intake form the foods they eat. Being
properly hydrated is important for many health aspects and between the fiber
and water of this vegetable, bathroom regularity can be helped. This promotes
detoxification and weight loss. They also contain antioxidants they help block
free radicals. This can help reduce the risk of cancer, lung, heart, and
autoimmune disease. Some studies have shown that they may also reduce blood
sugar levels.

There are also some other interesting uses for cucumber.
When the mirror gets foggy after a steamy shower, try taking a cucumber across
the mirror to see clearly again. They can also help get rid of creatures in
gardening soil. They can also be used to tighten and firm skin. Some claim they
get rid of cellulite. They might also prevent a hangover if eaten before bed
after having too much alcohol. They can be used to polish shoes. Cucumber, when
held at the roof of the mouth, can help reduce bad breath when mints or gum
aren’t handy. They can also wash crayon and pen off walls which is handy if
there are young children around. Cucumbers also clean stainless steel really
well. Seems like having cucumber on hand (ALWAYS) is a great idea. Talk about a
versatile vegetable.

Cucumbers are easy to add to your diet and have access to. They can be eaten raw, added to a sandwich, infused in water, pickled, eaten with goat cheese (a popular combination), or be used to make a cold cucumber salad. Eating cucumbers and using them for other skin or beauty related purposes, is a great and easy addition to utilize. Making healthy food choices and at home-remedies are money saving, convenient, and nice to have.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23098877

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/228982282_Growth_and_yield_of_cucumber_Cucumis_sativus_L_as_influenced_by_farmyard_manure_and_inorganic_fertilizer

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14510618

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