Cucumbers are such a versatile fruit that can be added to fresh summer salads, made into juice, added to sandwiches or a Greek souvlaki just to name a few. They are also great as a healthy snack or in kids lunches with fresh hummus or homemade guacamole. This hydrating fruit also packs a nutritional punch and is a great food to try and add into your every day diet.
Cucumbers are made of up mostly water, at around 95 percent, which means they help provide the body with crucial hydration, assisting with processes such as temperature regulation and the transportation of nutrients and waste products. This hydration also has a cooling effect on the body helping to fight inflammation. Furthermore, they contain an anti-inflammatory flavanol called fisetin which has been shown to play a vital role in brain health in addition to helping improve memory and protecting nerve cells from age-related decline.
The high water and fiber content of cucumbers help support digestive health by allowing you to meet the ideal daily amount of fiber the body needs. The soluble fiber dissolves into a gel-like texture in the gut, helping slow down digestion. Because of this, and due to the fact they are very low in calories, this marvellous fruit helps to keep you full which may assist in weight control. This fresh fruit also contains a good amount of potassium, which has been linked to lower blood pressure levels as well as helping with muscle contraction and heart function.
So next time you make a salad or want to have a light, nutrient dense snack reach for cucumbers as they provide your body with essential hydration, minerals and fiber and add a glorious fresh crunch to any meal.
*Storage and prep tips
When your cucumbers arrive make sure to give them a rinse and dry them completely. Wrap them loosely in paper towel and store inside a small paper or plastic bag allowing some air flow to prevent moisture build up. This should keep your cucumbers crisp and fresh for as long as possible.