Cucumber Pickles and Their Health Benefits
Pickle lovers have so many kinds of pickles to choose from.
Cucumbers are not the only foods that can be made into pickles. In fact, there is a long list of foods that can be pickled. They include onions, beets, watermelon rinds, and even boiled eggs. However, this article is only about pickles made from cucumbers.
Some people love cucumber pickles and they often eat them. When they order a hamburger or cheeseburger, they ask for extra pickles. On the other hand, some people don't like them at all. When they order a hamburger or cheeseburger, they say, "Hold the pickle!"
Pickles have been around for thousands of years, and they are very popular today. Americans reportedly eat more than five million pounds of cucumber pickles annually. The average American who loves pickles might eat 8.5 pounds of them every year.
Why People Eat Cucumber Pickles
Cucumber pickles are eaten for their vinegary taste, their crunchiness, and their nutritional values. There are other reasons to eat pickles that some people don't know. For instance, pickles are eaten by some people for their beauty properties. If you want to be more beautiful, do what Cleopatra did. She believed including pickles in her diet contributed somewhat to her beauty. Napoleon ate pickles for their many health benefits. In fact, he endorsed them and keep them readily available for his soldiers so they would always be healthy.
Type of Cucumber Pickles
The next time you are in the grocery store, take a look at all the varieties of cucumber pickles that are available. You will be able to choose the right ones after you determine how you will use them. For instance, pickles for sandwiches are different from those you chop up to put in foods and those you eat right out of the jar. Some pickles can be used as a side dish accompanying a meal, as a condiment, as a snack or cut up in tuna salad, potato salad and chicken salad. Pickles are prepared on sticks and served at food festivals.
- Gherkins are small, sweet pickles.
- Cornichons are sour pickles made from small gherkins.
- Kosher dills are made with garlic and dill.
- Lime pickles are soaked in pickling lime.
- Bread and butter pickles are sliced.
You cannot buy Kool-Aid pickles, but you can make them. People in the Southern part of the United States make them by soaking dill pickles in a mixture of Kool-Aid, sugar and brine.
Health Benefits of Pickles
Pickled cucumbers are so low in calories that many people call them “negative calorie foods.” That means you burn more calories by eating a pickle than are in a pickle itself. Therefore, a pickle is a good low-calorie snack as well as being a perfect low-carbohydrate one. Besides, pickles contain lots of antioxidants. Since cucumbers are pickled without cooking, they preserve all their antioxidant power.
Bread and butter pickles are sweet ones that are higher in calories because of their sugar content. They contain less sodium than sour pickles. Most pickles contain vitamins A and K. They have many other health benefits.
- Dill pickles or dill pickle juice may relieve heartburn.
- Pickles may increase metabolism and aid in weight loss.
- The juice of pickles is known to cure a hangover.
- Pickles soothe muscle cramps in the legs.
- Pickles improve digestion.
- Pickles help pregnant women deal with nausea and morning sickness.
- Women who eat pickles tend not to have yeast infections.
- They are the ideal food for clear skin.
- Dill pickles may help eliminate bloating.
- Dill pickles help relieve stomach pains and cramps.
- Some good news for diabetics is that pickles lower blood sugar because of the vinegar.
- Along with carrots, pickles are good for maintaining good eyesight.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional.