Cucumber Nutrition

Cucumber Nutrition

Cucumber nutrition contains silica, which is an essential component of healthy tissues.

  • Silica is a mineral which helps to keep the bodies' tissues in good working order. Silica is found in body organs and body cells with the greatest concentration being found in skin and hair. Silica is good for a clear complexion, strong hair and healthy nails.

  • Cucumbers are high in water so are good for rehydration.

  • Most of the fibre of cucumbers are contained in their skins. Fibre is good for bowel regularity so helps to prevent bowel cancer. Fibre also helps to maintain normal blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

  • Cucumber nutrition contains a good amount of potassium whichhelps the muscles and nerves to function properly and also maintains the bodies' acid balance. Potassium also helps to lower the risk of high blood pressure.

  • Cucumber nutrition is also a fairly good source of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), which helps to turn carbohydrates and fats into energy and also plays a part in the health of the adrenal glands.

  • Cucumber nutrition provides a source of vitamin K which helps with blood clotting and helps to prevent postmenopausal bone loss. Vitamin K also helps to protect against liver and prostate cancer.

  • One large cucumber contains around 45 calories.


    THE FULL NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF CUCUMBERS:

    Cucumber, with peel, raw

    Refuse: 3%  (Ends)
    Scientific Name:  Cucumis sativus
    NDB No: 11205 (Nutrient values and weights are for edible portion)

    NutrientUnits1.00 X 1 cucumber (8-1/4")
    -------
    301g
    Proximates
    Water
    g
    286.64
    Energy
    kcal
    45
    Energy
    kJ
    196
    Protein
    g
    1.96
    Total lipid (fat)
    g
    0.33
    Ash
    g
    1.14
    Carbohydrate, by difference
    g
    10.93
    Fiber, total dietary
    g
    1.5
    Sugars, total
    g
    5.03
    Sucrose
    g
    0.09
    Glucose (dextrose)
    g
    2.29
    Fructose
    g
    2.62
    Lactose
    g
    0.00
    Maltose
    g
    0.03
    Galactose
    g
    0.00
    Starch
    g
    2.50
    Minerals
    Calcium, Ca
    mg
    48
    Iron, Fe
    mg
    0.84
    Magnesium, Mg
    mg
    39
    Phosphorus, P
    mg
    72
    Potassium, K
    mg
    442
    Sodium, Na
    mg
    6
    Zinc, Zn
    mg
    0.60
    Copper, Cu
    mg
    0.123
    Manganese, Mn
    mg
    0.238
    Fluoride, F
    mcg
    3.9
    Selenium, Se
    mcg
    0.9
    Vitamins
    Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
    mg
    8.4
    Thiamin
    mg
    0.081
    Riboflavin
    mg
    0.099
    Niacin
    mg
    0.295
    Pantothenic acid
    mg
    0.780
    Vitamin B-6
    mg
    0.120
    Folate, total
    mcg
    21
    Folic acid
    mcg
    0
    Folate, food
    mcg
    21
    Folate, DFE
    mcg_DFE
    21
    Choline, total
    mg
    18.1
    Betaine
    mg
    0.3
    Vitamin B-12
    mcg
    0.00
    Vitamin B-12, added
    mcg
    0.00
    Vitamin A, RAE
    mcg_RAE
    15
    Retinol
    mcg
    0
    Carotene, beta
    mcg
    135
    Carotene, alpha
    mcg
    33
    Cryptoxanthin, beta
    mcg
    78
    Vitamin A, IU
    IU
    316
    Lycopene
    mcg
    0
    Lutein + zeaxanthin
    mcg
    69
    Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
    mg
    0.09
    Vitamin E, added
    mg
    0.00
    Tocopherol, beta
    mg
    0.03
    Tocopherol, gamma
    mg
    0.09
    Tocopherol, delta
    mg
    0.00
    Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
    mcg
    0.0
    Vitamin D
    IU
    0
    Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
    mcg
    49.4
    Lipids
    Fatty acids, total saturated
    g
    0.111
    4:0
    g
    0.000
    6:0
    g
    0.000
    8:0
    g
    0.000
    10:0
    g
    0.000
    12:0
    g
    0.000
    14:0
    g
    0.015
    15:0
    g
    0.000
    16:0
    g
    0.084
    17:0
    g
    0.000
    18:0
    g
    0.015
    20:0
    g
    0.000
    22:0
    g
    0.000
    24:0
    g
    0.000
    Fatty acids, total monounsaturated
    g
    0.015
    14:1
    g
    0.000
    15:1
    g
    0.000
    16:1 undifferentiated
    g
    0.000
    17:1
    g
    0.000
    18:1 undifferentiated
    g
    0.015
    20:1
    g
    0.000
    22:1 undifferentiated
    g
    0.000
    Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated
    g
    0.096
    18:2 undifferentiated
    g
    0.084
    18:3 undifferentiated
    g
    0.015
    18:4
    g
    0.000
    20:2 n-6 c,c
    g
    0.000
    20:3 undifferentiated
    g
    0.000
    20:4 undifferentiated
    g
    0.000
    20:5 n-3 (EPA)
    g
    0.000
    22:5 n-3 (DPA)
    g
    0.000
    22:6 n-3 (DHA)
    g
    0.000
    Cholesterol
    mg
    0
    Phytosterols
    mg
    42
    Amino acids
    Tryptophan
    g
    0.015
    Threonine
    g
    0.057
    Isoleucine
    g
    0.063
    Leucine
    g
    0.087
    Lysine
    g
    0.087
    Methionine
    g
    0.018
    Cystine
    g
    0.012
    Phenylalanine
    g
    0.057
    Tyrosine
    g
    0.033
    Valine
    g
    0.066
    Arginine
    g
    0.132
    Histidine
    g
    0.030
    Alanine
    g
    0.072
    Aspartic acid
    g
    0.123
    Glutamic acid
    g
    0.590
    Glycine
    g
    0.072
    Proline
    g
    0.045
    Serine
    g
    0.060
    Other
    Alcohol, ethyl
    g
    0.0
    Caffeine
    mg
    0
    Theobromine
    mg
    0
    USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 22 (2009)

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