Author: Suzanne Ault
Published: Jun 23 2010
Think you're cool as a cucumber? Not merely is the cucumber known for it's power to cool-down the body, it has additionally been known to assist with jaundice, diarrhea, epilepsy, sore throat, conjunctivitis (redness of the eye) and swelling of extremities.
Often you should try to deseed the cucumber as the body can have a problem digesting the seeds. You can deseed them yourself easily by cutting them in half and using a spoon to eliminate the seeds or if you want to eliminate this step you can buy cucumbers that are already seeded.
Fresh cucumbers are simple to add to salads and for an easy salad just toss diced cucumbers with sliced red onions, red tomatoes and your favorite all-natural, low-fat balsamic vinaigrette. This is a fast way to make a refreshing salad that reaps the benefits of cucumber.
Anti-diabetic Advantages of Cucumber
Beta cells within the pancreas produce the hormone insulin. Cucumber is found to get a hormone required by the beta cells in the insulin production. Moreover, the Glycemic Index of cucumbers is found to be zero.
Why Cucumbers have not a glycemic index listed? Does this imply they don't raise blood sugar? Not at all. It means that under the "rules" for the concept of the glycemic index, it is too hard to get an accurate number. It is because you'll need to eat a very big amount of the food to get 50 grams of carbohydrate at the same time to be tested. Usually, the lower the amount of carbohydrate in a vegetable and the more fiber it has, the less the rise in blood glucose will be.
The carbohydrates are primarily responsible of the raise of the glucose level. But the carbohydrates within the cucumber are easily digestible in a diabetes patient's stomach.
Suggestions for Preparing Cucumbers:
Unwaxed cucumbers need not be peeled but need to be washed before cutting. Cucumbers are generally sliced, diced or cut into sticks.
A Few Quick Serving Ideas:
Preparation per 8 servings: Preparation time: 25 minutes Marinating time: 60 minutes
1. Combine the cucumbers, carrots, red onion, and cilantro in a large bowl.
2. Combine the dressing ingredients. Pour dressing over cucumbers, cover, and refrigerate for 60 minutes. Salad might be eaten using a fork.
Nutritional Values per Meal: 1/2 cup
Who am I?: Suzanne Ault writes for the diabetes diet recipes blog, her personal hobby site focused on cooking tips to prevent type 2 diabetes.
My Complete Bio: http://www.diabeticdietrecipes.org/about
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