A cucumber is about 96 percent water, which puts it atop the list of high-water content vegetables, along with lettuce. That’s a statistic to remember when working out, because research shows eating cucumbers after an intense exercise session may hydrate the body twice as effectively as plain water or sports drinks. Scientists attribute the phenomenon to the amino acids, natural sugars, and vitamins found in cucumbers.
Still, the most significant health benefit associated with water-logged vegetables pertains to weight control. One cup of cucumbers has just 15 calories, but it creates a feeling of fullness that drier vegetables can’t match.
In addition to a low caloric count, cucumbers boast impressive levels of vitamin K of lignans, a phytonutrient associated with reducing cancer risk. Researchers also credit cucumbers with fighting inflammation. To wring all the nutritional value from a cucumber, make sure to eat the seeds and peel, which is high in fiber.
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Keeps you hydrated. If you are too busy to drink enough water, munch on the cool cucumber, which is 96 percent water. It will cheerfully compensate!