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Monday, March 07, 2011


The cucumber is a member of the gourd family and in this post I am addressing the kind you slice and not the ones which are normally used as pickles.

They find their origin in India and have been grown and cultivated in Western Asia for at least 3,000 years. Suspicions are that the cucumber was introduced in Europe by the Romans and from there on spread all over the world.


At only 15 calories per 1/3 of a medium cucumber (99g), they provide a great low-calorie snack, are fat and sodium-free, and are an excellent source of vitamin K, a nutrient needed for blood clotting and bone health.

Ever wonder where the saying "cool as a cucumber" came from? The exceptionally high water content (greater than 95%) causes the inside of a cucumber to measure up to 20 degrees cooler than the outside temperature. ~Source: Dole Food Facts.

Besides vitamin K, a cucumber also is rich in vitamin A and C, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium and carbohydrates.

It is said that cucumber has several health benefits. It would be a great diuretic, helps fighting kidney, bladder, liver, and pancreatic diseases. Mention is made of cucumber being beneficial for regulating blood pressure and digesting proteins, prevents split nails and is a good aid concerning diabetes.

The juice of a cucumber is excellent for fighting teeth and gum diseases and, combined with carrot juice, can help getting rid of too much uric acid in the body.

Cucumber can be eaten raw, or used in all kinds of different dishes, of which the recipes can easily be found online. Wrapping cucumbers in plastic foil and storing them in the refrigerator keeps them fresh for a long time.

Cucumbers are a good refreshment on a hot, summers day and make for an ideal snack when trying to loose weight, because they are very low in calories. Try serving slices of cucumber with a dip; it is ideal as a finger food for a party and for sharing with family and friends.

Here is another tip; share God's word with family and friends. It is the best refreshment for body, mind and soul!

Matthew 10:42
And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward."


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