Buy Locally Grown, Healthy Cucumbers

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Cucumbers are showing up in local farmers markets and roadside stands and local producers are happy to sell them with the rest of their vegetables they offer. And while often thought of as a vegetable, cucumbers are actually a fruit. And as with all fruits and vegetables, cucumbers are very healthy.

  1. Cucumbers are low in calories (1 cup serving contains 16 calories) but high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K, magnesium, potassium, and manganese, fiber, protein, and 0% fat. Eating them unpeeled retains the nutrients.

  2. Cucumbers contain antioxidants, the molecules that block oxidation, often associated with the risk of several chronic diseases (international Journal of Biomedical Science).

  3. Eating cucumbers promotes hydration. They are composed of about 96% water.

  4. Cucumbers could promote regularity since they are high in water and contain fiber.

  5. This fruit is easy to add to your diet. They are enjoyed fresh or pickled. They are added to sandwiches and salads. They can easily be paired with hummus, olive oil, or salad dressing.

Stacey Swanson, Vision West ND consortium member, offers one of her favorite cucumber recipes.

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