Cucumber / Kakdi

Cucumber belongs to the family of “Cucurbitaceae”. Scientifically, they are known as “Cucumis sativus”. It is a widely cultivated plant and cylindrical in shape. Cucumber fruit may be 24 inch (60 centimeters) long and 3.9 inch (10 centimeters) in diameter. Usually, cucumbers are more than 90% water.cucumber

 

There are three varieties of cucumber : slicing, pickling and burpless.

Slicing cucumber : Cucumbers, which are grown for eating are the slicing cucumbers. They are eaten, when they are unripe in green form. The ripe yellow form may become bitter and sour.

Pickling cucumber : Cucumbers which are used in pickles are called pickling cucumbers. They grow to about 3 inche (7 centimeters) to 4 inch (10 centimeter) long and 1 inch (2.5 centimeter)wide. These cucumbers are quiet shorter, thicker and have bumpy skin as compared to the slicing cucumbers. They have tiny white or black-dotted spines. They are never waxed.

Burpless cucumbers : These cucumbers are very tasty and are helpful in easy digestion. They are sweeter and have thin skin compare to other varieties of cucumber. They are seedless and have a very delicate skin. They can grow as long as 2 feet. They have cleaning properties, that removes accumulated waste and toxins from the body.

Health benefits of cucumber juice

  • Cucumber juice contains vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, tryotophan, magnesium and chlorophyll.
  • Cucumber juice helps in improving the complexion and health of the skin, as cucumbers high water content makes it naturally hydrating.
  • Cucumber juice helps in reducing the heart burn, soothes acid stomach and gastritis.
  • Cucumber juice is good for hair, skin and nails.

Health Benefits of cucumber

  • Cucumbers are a good source of vitamin B.
  • The potassium content in cucumber helps in proper regulation of blood pressure and promotes flexibility of muscles.
  • Do not remove the skin of the cucumber, because the skin contains a good amount of vitamin C.
  • As cucumber is rich in minerals, it helps in preventing splitting of nails of the fingers and toes.
  • Consumption of cucumber may reduce the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.
  • It helps in promoting the joint health by strengthening the connective tissue.
  • Cucumber also helps in aiding weight loss and digestion.
  • The silicon and sulfur in cucumbers help to stimulate hair growth.

Nutrition Facts of cucumber

Cucumber
Amount Per 100 grams
Calories 16
% Daily Value
Total fat 0.1 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 2 mg 0%
Potassium 147 mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 3.6 g 1%
Dietary fiber 0.5 g 2%
Sugar 1.7 g
Protein 0.6 g 1%
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 1% Iron 1%
Vitamin B-6 0% Vitamin B-12 0%
Magnesium 3%

Daily Value percentages are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

 

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