Cucumber (concombre) (Cucumis sativus) is a widely-cultivated creeping vine plant that bears usually cylindrical fruits, which are used as vegetables. Considered an annual plant, there are three main varieties of cucumber (concombre) — slicing, pickling, and burpless/seedless — within which several cultivars have been created. The cucumber (concombre) originates from South Asia, but now grows on most continents, as many different types of cucumber (concombre) are traded on the global market.
Though commonly thought to be a vegetable, it is actually a fruit. It’s high in beneficial nutrients, as well as certain plant compounds and antioxidants that may help treat and even prevent some conditions. Also, cucumbers (concombre) are low in calories and contain a good amount of water and soluble fiber, making them ideal for promoting hydration and aiding in weight loss.
- Cucumber (concombre) contains antioxidants, which are are molecules that block oxidation, a chemical reaction that forms highly reactive atoms with unpaired electrons known as free radicals.
- It promotes hydration.
- It may aid in weight loss.
- Cucumbers (concombre) may also lower blood sugar.
- They could promote regularity.
- Easy to add to your diet.
- It is high in nutrients.Cucumbers (concombre) are low in calories but high in many important vitamins and minerals. One 11-ounce (300-gram) unpeeled, raw cucumber (concombre) contains the following:
- Calories: 45
- Total fat: 0 grams
- Carbs: 11 grams
- Protein: 2 grams
- Fiber: 2 grams
- Vitamin C: 14% of the RDI
- Vitamin K: 62% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 10% of the RDI
- Potassium: 13% of the RDI
- Manganese: 12% of the RDI
Although, the typical serving size is about one-third of a cucumber (concombre), so eating a standard portion would provide about one-third of the nutrients above. Additionally, cucumbers (concombre) have a high water content. In fact, cucumbers (concombre) consist of about 96% water. To maximize their nutrient content, cucumbers (concombre) should be eaten unpeeled. Peeling them reduces the amount of fiber, as well as certain vitamins and minerals.