Cucumbers are a vegetable from the gourd family. The vine produces a cylindrical vegetable which have culinary uses. The three main varieties of cucumber are for burpless, pickled and slicing.
Cucumbers have been grown for consumption for at least 3,000 years in Europe. In fact, cucumbers are mentioned in Gilgamesh. The gourd became popular is France and England during the Dark Ages.
With 8 calories per ½ cup of slices, these vegetables should be supremely popular with dieters. With only nominal amounts of vitamin A, the cucumber has 65 mg potassium
A multitude of health benefits credited to cucumbers including:
- Helps stabilize blood pressure
- Reduces diabetic tendency
- High silica for silky hair
- Reduces risk of cancer
- Prevents headaches
- Promotes digestion
- Promotes weight loss
- Reduces cholesterol
- Reduces inflammation / gout
- Relieves joint pain