Well I guess it depends what you’re wanting out of it…the bigger the cucumber the more water it has..so if you’re eating it for hydration then YES! If you’re eating for nutrition then NO but make sure you eat the peel!!! The peel doesn’t have all the nutrients but it has the most.
I also think it’s important to BUY ORGANIC CUCUMBERS..they are a part of the “dirty dozen” which basically means that non organic cucumbers have a high chance of having a lot of pesticides which are harmful to your health.
Personally I’ve loved cucumbers for many years…I’m usually made fun of in social situations because I just eat a cucumber like it’s an apple..wash it off and bite! So refreshing! So good! If you don’t like cucumbers it’s one of those foods that are worth ‘learning” to like! If at first you don’t love cucumber…try it again, and again, and again…eventually you’ll love them! 🙂 I pretty much do that with all foods that have amazing health benefits. You all learned to like alcohol that way right? I mean who naturally loves alcohol??? YUCK! Obviously cucumbers are WAY better for you!
Here are some of the proven benefits of cucumbers:
Helps digestion. Cucumbers actually have fiber which is great for digestion.
Contains a compound called sterols that help reduce bad cholesterol.
Flushes out toxins. All that water in cucumber acts as a virtual broom, sweeping waste products out of your system. With regular use, cucumber is known to dissolve kidney stones.
Keeps you hydrated. Cucumbers are 96% water!
Reduces your risk of several cancers. Several studies have shown that cucumbers have cancer-fighting properties.
Stabilizes blood pressure. Whether yours is too high or too low.
Cucumber juice helps to heal diseased gums…or just keeps them healthy, refreshed, even smelling good!
Fights heat, both inside and out. Eat cucumber, and your body gets relief from heartburn. Apply cucumber on your skin, and you get relief from sunburn.
Soothes muscle and joint pain. All those vitamins and minerals in cucumber make it a powerful enemy of muscle and joint pain.
Keeps kidneys in shape. Cucumber lowers uric acid levels in your system, keeping the kidneys happy.
Good for diabetics. Patients of diabetes can enjoy cucumber while also reaping its health benefits: cucumber contains a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin.
Contains Silica, which is the wonder mineral in cucumber that makes your hair and nails stronger and shinier. YES!
Enriches you with vitamins. A, B, and C, which boost immunity, give you energy, and keeps you radiant.
Supplies skin-friendly minerals: magnesium, potassium, silicon.
Revives the eyes. Placing chilled slices of cucumber on the eyes is a clichéd beauty visual, but it really helps reduce under-eye bags and puffiness.
How I eat my cucumbers:
Like I said up top..raw..just wash and bite! But if that’s not what your into(yet) they are great sliced with greek dill dip(recipe coming soon.)
-in morning smoothie ( I ususally put half a cucumber)
-cut up and added to salads
-cucumber salad (sliced cucumber with squeeze of lemon or apple cider vinager