It comes naturally for a lot of people to eat cucumber after peeling it; seems legit considering the many places it is consigned to before it reaches your grocery. Moreover, plain washing of vegetables before consumption does not guarantee safety. But, as you happily peel off the cucumber’s skin and get it rid of environmental pollutants, you also rid yourself of a lot of necessary nutrients.
Cucumber peels are rich in insoluble fibre, a type of fiber that sweeps through the digestive tract and creates a fecal bulk. It also helps in relieving constipation and is an important factor in keeping one’s digestive system regular. A healthful diet is made up of 25 g of total fiber daily, and men need about 38 g of it. The inner soft part of cucumber contains soluble fiber, which is another type of fiber that is highly beneficial for the body; it helps in the softening of stool.
Vitamin K helps in the formation of blood clots and a major content of vitamin K in a cucumber is present in the peel. Just a cup of cucumber with the peel has about 49 micrograms of vitamin K, while a peeled cucumber has about 9 micrograms of vitamin K.
Cucumbers can be snacked on without you feeling guilty about it because they are naturally low in calories. Each slide of cucumber has about 1 to 2 calories. You may enjoy a few freshly sliced unpeeled cucumbers in the afternoon so you can refuel the body without really wrecking your diet.
Cucumber peel is a hidden source of beta-carotene, which is a type of vitamin A. This nutrient is known for its beneficial effects on the eyes. Vitamin A comes in a variety of compounds and beta carotene is found in the highest concentration in cucumber peels. According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, Women need to consume about 2,310 IU of vitamin A and men need about 3,000 IU. 1.2 a cup serving of cucumber slices with the peel can provide about 55 IU of total vitamin A, half of which is beta-carotene.
So, starting today, make sure you do not peel cucumbers before eating them. But, do not forget to wash them thoroughly.