Cucumbers originally come from India where they have been in cultivation for at least 3000 years, long before they enjoyed their modern day popularity worldwide. The delicious fruit belongs to the same family as melons and squashes which are called Cucurbitaceae. This fruit has been used over the centuries in a variety of ways that include maintaining healthier skin or as an addition to any meal.
The cucumber has low amounts of calories and an extremely low glycemic index that makes it perfect for eating between meals or as a late night snack without worrying about sugar levels or weight. Half a cup of cucumber contains: 8 calories, 0.06 grams of fat, 1.89 grams of carbs, and 0.34 grams of protein. This fruit is packed with numerous phytonutrients that act as antioxidants which help the body against cardiovascular disease, have anti-inflammatory properties, regulate blood sugar levels, and other beneficial effects. Cumbers also have a hormone that helps the pancreas produce more insulin.
Most people have seen the cucumber being used as skin treatments by placing slices on your eyes. This isn’t just for show; the anti-inflammatory effects that the fruit presents helps reduce puffiness around the eyes and its high water content (96%) hydrates the skin, which results in a healthier and younger look. The cucumber presents many alternatives to gain its benefits, and can even be made into a drink that provides relatively same amount of energy as coffee or soda due its high amounts of carbs and B vitamins.
The cucumber can be eaten raw which helps in digestion and weight lost thanks to its low calorie content and moderate amounts of fiber. We at Diabetv strongly recommend replacing sugary snacks and drinks with cucumbers in order to greatly improve your lifestyle whether it be a diabetic one or not.