Secret Side Effects of Eating Cucumbers

1 It can help prevent diabetes.
When trying to avoid diabetes, it's best to begin fine-tuning your diet—avoid highly processed carbohydrates, skip out on sugary drinks, and limit red meat. In addition to those dietary choices, it's also important to start eating more foods with a low glycemic index (GI). GI is a number assigned to different foods, ranging from zero to 100. The higher the glycemic index is of a number, the more a person's blood sugar will rise after eating it. Cucumbers have a glycemic index of 15, making it a food with a relatively low number.
Eating foods with a low GI can help reduce insulin resistance, which in turn helps reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to Nutrition Journal.

2 You'll be more hydrated.
Thinking about investing in a 64-ounce water bottle? Forget about it. All you need to be more hydrated is to snack on some cucumber slices and you're set. Well, maybe you should still get the water bottle, and continue to drink water, but that doesn't take away from cucumbers being a source of hydration.
Cucumbers are more than 95% water—which means that in addition to a crunchy snack, you're also getting hydrated in the process of eating cucumbers.
They can help contribute to your overall daily fluid intake and keep you feeling hydrated and your body functioning optimally.

3 You can lose weight.
There are a number of routes that people looking to lose weight take when it comes to making adjustments to their diets. One step that should be taken is adding in cucumbers, not only because they offer a great crunch into a variety of dishes, but also because they're a healthy food that helps to promote weight loss.
There are only 16 calories in one cup of cucumbers, which means that the food has a low energy density. According to a Nutrients study focusing on food energy density, there is a link between consuming foods with lower energy densities and weight loss.
Additionally, due to their high water content, cucumbers are extremely filling while remaining low in calories, making them a great snack for anyone looking to lose weight. Especially if you pair them with a filling healthy dip, like hummus or guacamole!

4 You could be gassy.
While a positive of eating cucumbers is that you can avoid constipation, a downside is that cucumbers can also result in some excess gas.
Cucumbers contain cucurbitacin, a compound found in other fruits and vegetables including pumpkin, squash, and watermelon. Cucurbitacin results in the bitter taste found in cucumbers, and also is the cause of gassiness and indigestion. These uncomfortable symptoms may occur if you eat too many cucumbers at a time.

5 It can prevent bloating.
With their high water content cucumbers are amazing at keeping you hydrated, but they're also great at helping to eliminate excess water retention as well, which means that you'll avoid bloating after eating cucumbers.
Cucumbers are rich in specific nutrients that help eliminate water retention, inflammation, and ultimately bloat.
Their fiber content promotes good gut health and bowel movements.
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