The Humble Cucumber

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Dear Sneaky Chef,

What are the benefits and nutrients found in cucumbers?? Do
they have any value in them at all?? Thanks, Bonnie

Hi Bonnie,

Cucumbers do have a value, and deserve to be part of your diet. They're about 95% water, and can actually make you burn more calories in chewing and digesting them than they contain. Consider them a non-caloric treat.

Most people avoid the skin (which is often waxed), but even skinless, a cucumber does offer minerals and vitamins, including a modest amount of Vitamin C. A lot of people believe cucumbers to be effective in alleviating skin conditions, upset stomachs, and blood pressure problems.

No matter how you slice them, they're versatile table companions! Enjoy!


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