Monday, May 28, 2018

Is a Cucumber a Fruit or Vegetable?

Although many believe otherwise, cucumber is a fruit, not a vegetable. Due to its high water content and low carbohydrate content, cucumber has a low caloric value. It provides vitamin C and provitamin A in small quantities and some minerals, among which potassium stands out. It is a useful resource in weight loss diets and helps fight fluid retention
cucumber a fruit or vegetable

Surely, at some time, you have asked yourself this question: is the cucumber a fruit or a vegetable? Cucumber, scientifically named Cucumis sativus , belongs to the family of cucurbits, so it is related to pumpkin , zucchini , melon and watermelon . Although it is considered a vegetable in its strictest sense, botanically the cucumber is a fruit. That is, it is not a vegetable or a vegetable, as is commonly believed, but a fruit.
Originally from India, the cucumber, alficoce or badea, as cucumber is also known, is one of the most cultivated plants in the world. Aristotle, the caustic Athenian philosopher, attributed aphrodisiac properties and the last queen of ancient Egypt, Cleopatra, used cucumber in her beauty routines .

Nutritional properties of cucumber

The cucumber has a high percentage of water and a low content of carbohydrates, so its energy value is very low. The low caloric intake of cucumber ( 12 calories per 100 grams) makes it one of the best allies for weight loss diets.
It contains fiber and small amounts of vitamin C, provitamin A and vitamin E, as well as B vitamins (including folate or folic acid) in a smaller proportion. Beta-carotene is present in the skin of the cucumber, so if it peels it is lost almost one hundred percent.
Although it is not particularly rich in minerals, its composition is rich in potassium. In lower proportions are phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc.

Good to combat fluid retention

If something stands out cucumber is to be very refreshing and quench thirst. Its richness in potassium and little contribution of sodium gives it a slight diuretic effect that helps eliminate excess fluid from the body. In addition to moisturizing, cucumber helps prevent fluid retention.
These diuretic properties make the consumption of cucumber recommendable in case of hypertension, gout, kidney stones, hyperuricemia, and oliguria. Of course, pickled gherkins are not beneficial for people with high blood pressure or kidney disease, since pickles contain a lot of sodium.

A food easily digested?

Cucumber is a good remedy to neutralize gastric acidity ( dyspepsia ), protect the stomach and clean the intestine. It is easily digestible to the natural and even, when it is tender, it can be taken with skin. When consuming cucumber, it is advisable not to season it with vinegar so as not to suffer slow and heavy digestions and, as we argued above, not to add more sodium to our diet.
Some people find it indigestible, and notice that it repeats hours after eating it. Those who have a delicate stomach or tendency to suffer diarrhea and gas should not abuse its use. Given its high content in cellulose, it is advisable to chew it very well in order to avoid that it hinders the digestion.

Recipes with cucumber

The salad is not the only dish that can be part of the cucumber. It is often used in the preparation of soups, creams, purées, and sauces, although it can also be included in stews, sandwiches and fillings. In addition, it is an original ingredient for a pizza, a gazpacho or a vinaigrette.
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