SUPER VEGGIES: THE CUCUMBER & THE RADISH (REALLY!)
8/23/2013 2:53 PM
Is it possible that the cucumber and the radish may actually be super veggies? It’s hard to believe, since many of us were taught by our parents and grandparents that the cucumber is mostly water, and the radish has little nutritional value. We do know, however, that moms and movie stars alike use cucumbers to reduce inflammation under the eyes, and help the skin heal from sunburn and eczema.
Well there’s more to the cucumber than meets the eye; in fact, it is indeed a super food. Cucumbers are rich in fluids and electrolytes that hydrate the skin, joints and tissues as well as provide a natural energy boost. They are considered to be from the same family as melons and squash and therefore are believed to be one of the best foods for the health of the skin, joints, liver and kidneys.
Even more exciting is the fact that scientists are studying unique properties in cucumbers that actually help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease as well as breast, uterine, ovarian and prostate cancers. Additional research is finding that the cucumbers may have the ability to inhibit the spread and growth of certain cancer cells.
Radishes as well, are now known to help combat cancer. They are rich in Vitamin C, Folic acid and Anthocyanins (these give the radishes their color and antioxidant properties) and therefore may contribute to curing many types of cancers including colon, kidney, intestinal, stomach and oral cancer. In addition, radishes are natural diuretics and help wash away toxins in the kidneys as well as prevent urinary disorders.
Now we know the best reasons to throw cucumbers and radishes in our salads this summer!
Try this great recipe to continue your summer of healthy living!
CUCUMBER, TOMATO & RADISH SALAD
■3-5 cucumbers sliced & quartered thinly
■1 container cherry or grape tomatoes or 2-3plumtomatoes sliced & quartered
■1/4 cup red onion, diced(or less)
■1/2 cup sliced radishes
■3-5 fresh basil leaves, chopped
■Extra virgin olive oil (to taste)
■Red wine vinegar (to taste)
■Garlic salt (to taste)
■Salt & pepper (to taste)
Combine the first five ingredients in a large bowl. Add the olive oil (enough to coat to start, about a 1/4 cup), garlic salt, salt and pepper, and stir. Then add the red wine vinegar and stir. Taste and if needed, continue to add the spices, oil and vinegar to your liking.