What does the cucumber consist of?
The benefits of the cucumber are often underestimated. They are a very healthy vegetable as in addition to its high water percentage of 95%, it contains only fibre and very small amounts of protein and fat. This water fibre combination helps digestion and is beneficial if you are watching your weight. Cucumbers contain lots of B vitamins which support your body when it comes to stress management. They also contain antioxidant vitamin C and vitamin E. Regarding minerals, the cucumber is rich in calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. The bitter substances of the cucumber have a gut-regulating effect, but in today's cucumbers only traces can be found.
In order to keep valuable vitamins and minerals you should not peel the cucumber. The vitamins are primarily in the rind or directly below. Therefore, when buying the cucumber, make sure that it is untreated.
What´s missing? Calories!
The cucumber is one of the foods with very low calories. With only 12 calories per 100 grams of raw cucumber, it´s THE slimming agent par excellence! The low calorie count is mainly due to the high water content. Thus, the cucumber is also an ideal thirst quencher and can contribute to a healthy fluid balance.
Whats new - creative combinations
Alternatively to the classic vegetable sticks, you will find the cucumber in many trendy combinations. Whether pressed, sliced or carved in unusual shapes and sizes - the cucumber offers numerous possibilities for artistic and culinary experiments. Cucumbers always bring an extra dose of freshness and have a cooling effect on the body, so it is perfect for use in the summer. Why not try the following:
Salad: But not the same as before: Using the "traditional" way of making cucumber salad by means of salting and then expressing, almost all valuable ingredients are lost. Spices such as garlic, dill, spiced paprika, cumin or black cumin are ideally suited for cucumber.
In addition, a trendy summer hit: fruity cucumber salad combinations. They refresh and are ideal as office snack. Use apple and celery, lemon and mint, orange and ginger or pineapple and carrot!
Dip: Mixed with dill, carotte or wasabi, cucumbers are a perfect addition for delicious and fresh dips.
Author: Olympiazentrum Vorarlberg