This page talks about cucumber nutritional value.
Calorie Information Amounts Per One Cup Serving
From Carbohydrate 13
From Fat 0.5
Carbohydrates Amounts Per One Cup Serving
Total Carbohydrate 4 grams
Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
Starch 0.8 g
Sugars 0.18 g
Cucumbers are scientifically known as Cucumis sativus and belong to the same botanical family as melons (including watermelon and cantaloupe) and squashes (including summer squash, winter squash, zucchini and pumpkin). Commercial production of cucumbers is usually divided into two types. "Slicing cucumbers" are produced for fresh consumption. "Pickling cucumbers" are produced for eventual processing into pickles. Slicing cucumbers are usually larger and have thicker skins, while pickling cucumbers are usually smaller and have thinner skins.
Cucumbers are a valuable source of conventional antioxidant nutrients including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese.
In addition, cucumbers contain numerous flavonoid antioxidants, including quercetin, apigenin, luteolin, and kaempferol.
Fresh cucumber extracts have also been shown to reduce unwanted inflammation in animal studies.
Cucumbers accomplish this task by inhibiting activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes like cyclo-oxygenase 2 (COX-2), and by preventing overproduction of nitric oxide in situations where it could increase the likelihood of excessive inflammation.
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