Cucumbers are a green oblong fruit often associated with refreshment, relaxation and even rejuvenation. I used to eat cucumbers fairly frequently; in fact I ate cucumbers at almost each meal for the three weeks while traveling abroad in Eastern Europe. – I really enjoy the taste to this day. However, since eating healthier and learning to listen to my body, I’ve noticed that my stomach feels funny whenever I eat even the slightest bit of cucumber. So I’ve been avoiding them.
Should most people eat cucumbers regularly?
- Cucumbers can be eaten raw or cooked in a variety of cuisines, including a Mediterranean diet. Studies show that this particular diet is great for reducing risks for a slew of chronic diseases.
- Cucumbers are a decent source of protein when combined with some nuts or oats and contain little sugar 
- Cucumbers are used as a traditional treatment for heartburn by pregnant Jordanian women (I could not find any recent studies that were scientifically-based proponents of eating cucumbers, with the exception of studies about the Mediterranean diet)
- Cucumbers are shown to be low in antioxidants and vitamin A
- They potentially contain elevated lead and nitrate concentrations. This even includes organic cucumbers!
After all of this research, I feel justified about avoiding cucumbers and I’m not convinced that they are among the healthiest fruit, despite their soothing image.
As an aside, during my research I also discovered a way to make a cucumber into a shark… fun!