Did you know cucumbers come from the same family as melons?! The Cucurbitaceae family includes squash, pumpkins, zucchini and melons.
Did you know cucumbers are 95% water?! Their high water content is important in helping to control body temperature, metabolism, heart and blood pressure. Water also is necessary to flush waste products out of our body.
The humble cucumber is a delicious source of Vitamin K. which helps to keep bones strong and healthy. Vitamin K is integral in preventing bone deterioration and osteoporosis later in life. It’s important to be mindful about getting enough of this now as the adverse effects of not getting enough Vitamin K only come into play later in life when it’s already too late.
Our favourite ways to enjoy cucumbers:
Cucumbers contain lignans, a very powerful antioxidant with disease fighting properties. Lignan has been shown to play a role in keeping our immune systems healthy and has been linked with a reduced risk of many cancers and other chronic diseases.
Low in energy (kilojoules)
Not surprisingly (due to their high water content), cucumbers are naturally low in energy (kilojoules/calories). Bulking out meals with vegetables like cucumbers is important for weight management and to prevent obesity, a significant risk factor for type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.
- Try our homemade quinoa sushi recipe
- Added to plain yoghurt with a squeeze of lemon juice and a dash of garlic :)
- Added to summer salads!