If you are wanting to reduce your daily calories, consider eating a few cucumbers for their high mass, low calorie benefits. An entire pound of cucumbers will only give you 50 calories, so they are a simple way to get full without adding calories to your diet.
I really wouldn’t recommend this. Too much cucumber can cause some people gastric distress.
Mark Shead says
@Jessica – Perhaps I should clarify. I’m not suggesting that you eat pounds of cucumbers, but eating one or half of one when you start feeling hungry is a good way to solve the craving for food without consuming any significant calories.
I agree, cucumbers are good for filing up on, and have other benefits like having a lot of fiber. If you are looking for something to hold you until dinner and don’t want extra calories – they are great for that sort of thing. I find them refreshing and I sometimes eat a whole cucumber.
I peel them, that might help versus not peeling them with any gastric issues.
Obviously they will do nothing for you if your blood sugar is low and you need some energy, but there hardly seems a detriment to eating them. Now, if they only satisfied my sweet tooth.
Tiago Vieira says
haha cool. Hope nobody exchange a main-course by 3 cucumbers. But, another interesting point is: have you heard about food with negative calories? Not exactly it has negative calories but, for example, an apple: your digestive system will spend more calories “working” on that than actually the number of calories the apple has. There are more of them, letuce for example. My sister is nutricionist, and she usually insert apples and other fruits between your main-courses. You can keep your metabolism working (burning calories) and, in the mean time, you don’t feel hungry.
Suparada Lorgunpai says
I currently eat cucumber 3days/week. I just really love it. I always made cucumber salad ( Thai style) so it would more tasty and of course spicy ,and the ingredients are easy to find at asian store. I normally eat around 3pm and i dont really feel hungry till next morning.
mervat Abou Oaf says
what if i eat around 10 cucumbers on daily bases unpeeled…will this cause serious problems as regards to gastric issues?
and how many per day would be safe on daily bases otherwise?
Mark Shead says
I’m not sure about suddenly starting to eat 10 cucumbers each day. You might want to try adding two or three and and increasing it from there. Anytime you plan to do something extreme, it is a good idea to check with a doctor.