It's easy to dismiss cucumbers as non-essential to kids health. Like celery, the fact that they are so low in calories, gives them just a few nutrients per veggie. But cucumbers are a perfect vegetable to introduce kids to healthy living! Not only are they mild in flavor and appealing to most kids, cucumbers have some unique properties not found in other vegetables.
Reserachers have found: lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol—three lignans that have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease as well as several cancer types, including breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers.
Fresh extracts from cucumbers have recently been show to have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Cucurbitacins A, B, C, D and E are all contained in fresh cucumber. They have been the subject of active and ongoing research to determine the extent and nature of their anti-cancer properties. ( source WH Foods ) for more cucumber ideas, check out our !