I cetrioli (Cucumus sativus) belong to the Cucurbitaceae family, are useful for the skin, refresh and give elasticity and help the intestine. Let's find out better.
> 1. Properties and benefits of cucumbers
> 2. Calories and nutritional values of cucumbers
> 3. Allies of
> 4. Curiosities about cucumbers
> 5. A recipe with cucumbers
Properties and benefits of cucumbers
Purifying, refreshing, anti-catarrhal, emollient: these are the four main properties of cucumbers.
Cucumber is mostly composed of water (about 95%) and has a very low energy intake, for this reason it is considered an excellent ally for those who need to purify the body and want to follow a low-calorie diet. 100 grams of cucumber pulp provide only 12 calories. This vegetable also helps to lose weight thanks to the content of tartaric acid, a substance that prevents dietary carbohydrates from turning into fat.
Contains a good share of mineral salts, mostly potassium, but also iron, calcium, silicon, iodine and manganese. It provides provitamin A, B vitamins and vitamin C. The enzymes contained in the cucumber facilitate the assimilation of proteins by the body and, at the same time, have a purifying and detoxifying action on the intestine. Consuming cucumbers helps maintain regular bowel function and prevent kidney and bladder stones from forming.
Cucumbers are also notoriously used as a beauty cure; in fact, they help to reduce bags and eye bags, to lighten the spots that appear on the skin and to soothe sunburn. They are also a good remedy for itching.
Calories and nutritional values of cucumbers
100 g of cucumbers contain 14 kcal / 59 kj.
Furthermore, in 100 g of product we find:
- Water 96,50g
- Carbohydrates available 1,80g
- Sugar 1,80g
- Protein 0,70g
- Fats 0,50g
- Cholesterol 0 g
- Sodium 13mg
- Potassium 140mg
- Iron 0,30mg
- Calcium 16mg
- Phosphorus 17mg
- Vitamin B1 0,02mg
- Vitamin B2 0,03mg
- Vitamin B3 0,60mg
- Vitamin C 11mg
Cucumbers, allies of
Bronchi, kidneys, skin, liver, pancreas, bladder, intestines, joints.
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Curiosities about cucumbers
- In ancient times, cucumbers were used to lower fever and to ward off intestinal worms.
- The cosmetic properties of cucumbers were already known in the sixteenth century; in fact, it seems that in 1500, Pietro Mattioli, a local doctor, recommended using cucumber to make the skin more beautiful.
- Cucumbers were known already three thousand years ago; the first crops arose in the East. In the country, they are produced mainly in Puglia, Veneto and Lazio.
A recipe with cucumbers
Cucumbers are generally eaten in salads, alone, or with other vegetables.
But… have you ever tried tzatiki? It is a tasty one Greek recipe. To get this dish, just cut the cucumbers into small regular pieces and dress them with lemon, extra virgin olive oil, Greek yogurt, fresh mint and garlic. A fresh and excellent solution for the summer.
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