Cucumbers and summers go hand in hand. Cooling and crunchy cucumbers are replete with nutrients that make it one of the healthiest additions to your diet.
Cucumber is a powerhouse of minerals, vitamins and electrolytes and is best consumed raw. From sandwiches, salads, to smoothies, cucumbers are an indispensable part of innumerable summer preparations.
In summers, it is very essential to eat light and clean. Instances of food poisoning and diarrhoea are more likely to occur in summer as compared to winters; which is why nutritionists often recommend including whole lot of cooling cucumbers in your diet.
Drinking a lot of water is also something that you must ensure in this scorching heat, suggest studies. Yet, when it comes to clubbing the two (cucumber + water), experts seem to share differing views. According to a common belief, one is not advised to drink water also close to eating cucumbers. So is there any truth to the common belief, or is it just one of the myths. Let’s find out.
95 percent of cucumber’s weight is just water. Not just cucumber, experts warn against drinking water after consumption of any water-rich fruit and vegetables like melons, pineapple and strawberry. This could reverse most of the benefits of consuming these water-rich fruits and vegetables.
According to nutritionist and health practitioner, “Cucumber is loaded with essential nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, potassium, manganese and most essentially silica, which is great for skin and hair health.
Cucumber is 95% water, it does not make sense having water and diluting these essential nutrients. It is always advisable to avoid drinking water close to eating raw veggies and fruits for better absorption of nutrients.”
Consumption of water immediately after having cucumber could increase GI motility and disturb the natural process of digestion and absorption. Due to interaction between the fibre and water, the body retains excess water in the intestine which may disturb the natural process.
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