Health Benefits of Cucumber to Lose Weight
Fibers, anti-cancer substances… and lots of water! To be preferred when trying to lose weight.
Do you like cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.)? So choose short and bitter varieties, organic in order to peel as little as possible, and do not make it disgorge in salt. Explanations.
It contains anticancer substances
Like many plants of the cucurbitaceae family, cucumbers naturally contain curcubitacins (substances of the terpene family), including cucurbitacin C; These cucurbitacines are responsible for the bitterness of the plant. They have anti-inflammatory properties and can, in vitro, inhibit the growth of cancer cells or even destroy them. Unfortunately, seedlings tend to select seedlings that suppress bitterness, hence cucurbitacin C. Difficult to rely on its anti-cancer properties, except to bet on old seeds or short and bitter varieties.
It is better to consume it with the skin
The cucumber has antioxidant properties… provided you do not peel it! Studies show that the skin of the cucumber contains phenolic compounds with a slight antioxidant activity. It fits well, the cucumber is grown with few pesticides, the whole eat therefore presents little risk to the health. Despite this, the antioxidant potential of cucumber remains much less important than that of other vegetables such as sweet pepper, broccoli or cabbage. But because it is part of the vegetables frequently consumed, it does contribute to the daily intake of antioxidants.
It promotes satiety
It helps to lose weight
The chewing of the food promotes the release of histamine, which induces satiety but also allows to destock abdominal fat according to recent works. Japanese researchers have analyzed the masticatory index (MI) of more than 100 common foods. Verdict: with an IM of 3327, cucumber is one of the foods that requires the most chewing. ” This study also shows that women who often consume high-masticatory foods like cucumber are thinner than those who eat mostly soft foods,” says Dr. Arnaud Cocaul, author of the Mastication Diet.
Good for the skin?
Take a cucumber out of your fridge, cut it into thin slices, apply them on the face, let it act for 15 minutes. If this gesture of beauty gives you the feelings that your pockets under the eyes are attenuated or that your skin is better hydrated and less irritated, the cucumber does not necessarily have much for it: it contains polyphenols beneficial for the skin , But only in the form of extracts, at high doses (used by the cosmetics industry). Its effectiveness in the raw state is mainly due to the fact that the cucumber is cold and very rich in water, which gives it a toning and moisturizing effect … which will not make you rejuvenate by 10 years!
It is good for the heart and vessels
The skin of the cucumber contains a protein called peroxidase, also present in other vegetables such as horseradish. This peroxidase could reduce cholesterol and triglycerides and thus reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (2). It would also have anti-diabetes virtues by decreasing blood glucose and would be able to protect some tissues from oxidation.
It may be indigestible
If the cucumber is sometimes difficult to digest, it is probably not because of its fiber content (it is low) but rather the presence in its center of seeds all the tougher because it is picked after maturity. It is unnecessary to make the cucumber disgorge in the salt to improve its digestibility, which would cause some of the minerals to leak. Instead, remove the central seeds with a spoon, or better, choose the Dutch or beit-alpha varieties, which do not.
Antioxidants: salad 1 – cucumber 0
|Caloric Density||0.15 (very low)||0.14 (very low)|
|Nutritional Density||12.3 (high)||14.9 (high)|
|Satiety Index||15 (very high)||15 (very high)|
|Lutein and zeaxanthin (μg)||23||277|
|Vitamin B9 (μg)||7||29|
|Vitamin C (mg)||2.8||2.8|
|Vitamin E (mg)||0.03||0.18|
|Vitamin B5 (mg)||0.259||0.0910|
|Vitamin K (mg)||19.0||24.1|
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