Cucumber Nutrition, What Is It Exactly?
“Cucumber nutrition. What is it exactly?’ is what my six year old asked me this morning with a curious, sideways look. It was such a cool question from a little kid I had to post about it.
Luckily my entire family loves cucumbers and anything that has cucumbers in it, on it or even near it. It isn’t unusual for us to have cold, sliced cucumbers tossed with very
little raspberry vinaigrette, lemon juice for me, and a big old glass of orange juice or three for the kids, small glass for me and two large glasses of filtered water.
One of the really cool things about switching to a plant-based diet is once the meat is wiped out there are all kinds of eating stereotypes that can be shattered. For instance one of my families favorite dishes can be eaten for any meal. It’s a blend of cous cous, black beans, tomatoes, olive fried potatoes/onions/garlic, sprinkled with fresh basil. What does this have anything to do with cucumber nutrition? Absolutely nothing but that dish is “as good as the dickens” and I got carried away and REAL hungry when I started thinking about it.
Now to the Neety Greety of this awesome fruit. Yes I said fruit. Even though it is always prepared as a vegetable, since it is approximately 90% water, it’s a fruit. Now I could sit here and claim I came up with the follow nutritional information through my own research and studies, but I didn’t do anything close to that so we’ll just have to put our faith in nutritiondata.self.com.
Cucumbers, Raw, With Peel
I could have simply pulled the old copy and paste but I thought it would be a little prettier if I just used their graphic.
So I hope this post helped you out a bit. I know that every nugget I can collect or every fact I can absorb about my food the more comfortable people feel around me when they ask why I don’t eat meat or drink dairy. If I simply told them I thought it was gross or throw a barrage of conspiracies at them then all I’ve done is creep them out and they walk away calling me a loon under their breath. But if I give them nutritional facts like kale is a phenomenal source of protein so I don’t personally need the animal protein the atmosphere remains a conversation and doesn’t slowly turn into an opinionated debate that usually ends up an argument.
The good: This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Vitamin A, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Potassium.
The bad: A large portion of the calories in this food come from sugars.