Cucumber food properties

Food properties of cucumber

sliced cucumbers
Photo of sliced cucumbers

Cucumber for slimming

The fruits of cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) are especially recommended for those who wish to lose weight.

They are formed in 96% of water and have little caloric value, which does not reach 20 calories per 100 gr.

A spring cucumber diet will be very suitable for people who want to lose weight or who suffer from serous accumulations in the extremities – edemas -, while at the same time it helps to detoxify the body.

These properties make cucumber a extremely light and suitable food to combat obesity.

Cucumbers to purify your body

Cucumber is used in depurative diets to help remove uric acid, avoid fluid retention and, because of its laxative properties, cleans the bowel of fecal waste.

Are cucumbers digestive?

ickled gherkins
Pickled gherkins.

Cucumbers are a good repair of the intestinal mucosa, so its consumption is very suitable for those who want to strengthen the stomach

However, you have to be careful to chew it very well, since, being a fruit very rich in cellulose, it can be indigestible if eaten fast and not chewed.

It is also Not recommended in people with a delicate stomach or in those who have a tendency to suffer from diarrhea.

Neither should elderly people or those who are prone to suffer from flatulence abuse it.

The youngest and tender cucumbers are used to prepare pickled gherkins. Because of its vinegar content and high salt content, they are not as desirable as fresh cucumbers.

Except in these cases, in general, it constitutes a very adequate food to protect the stomach and clean the intestines when regulating the intestinal flora by action of a component denominated erepsina.

* Recipes with cucumbers: Gazpacho, Noodles with mustard and pickles

Composition of raw cucumber

Composition of raw cucumber per 100 gr.

96 gr.


13 Kcal

0,13 gr.

0,69 gr.

2,7 gr.

0,8 gr.

144 mg

20 mg

14 mg

11 mg

2 mg

5,3 mg

0, 022 mg

0, 042 mg

215 IU

0, 079 mg


0. 221 mg

Source: USDA Nutrient Data Base

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

7 March, 2022

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