17 August, 2011
The Nutrition of Seedless Baby Cucumbers
Seedless baby cucumbers, also referred to as English cucumbers, were developed by an English botanist. These cucumbers are grown in a downward position in a greenhouse, with the constant pull of gravity preventing them from producing seeds. Plant breeders perfected this cucumber by making it self-pollinate to produce new plants Similar to regular cucumbers, seedless baby cucumbers are low in calories but rich in minerals and vitamins.
If you eat an entire seedless baby cucumber, you have only consumed 30 calories, or 1.5 percent of your daily value intake. Daily value is found on the nutrition label of all food products and is based on a 2,000 calorie daily diet for adults and children 4 years old and older.They are a smart option for reducing your caloric intake or increasing your vegetable intake.
Fat, Protein and Carbohydrates
The majority of calories in a seedless baby cucumber come from carbohydrates. One seedless baby cucumber contains 6 grams of carbohydrates, or 2 percent of the daily value of 300 grams per day. The 6 grams include 3 grams from fiber and 3 grams from sugar. The vegetable also contains 3 grams of protein and no fat.
Minerals and Vitamins
A seedless baby cucumber is rich in minerals and vitamins. Eating only one provides you with almost one-third of your daily intake of vitamin C, which is crucial for normal growth and development/ Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant by blocking damage from free radicals that can cause cancer. Seedless baby cucumbers also contain 12 percent of the daily value for vitamin A and 6 percent of the daily value each for calcium and iron.
Nutrition and Taste
A regular 8.25 inch cucumber with the peel contains 45 calories. Similar to the seedless baby cucumber, the majority of calories in a regular cucumber come from carbs, with one 8.25 inch cucumber containing 10.93 grams per serving. When eating the skin of most cucumbers, you may notice a bitter taste. Seedless baby cucumber skin tastes sweet and is thinner compared to other cucumbers.
- English Cucumber: English Cucumber
- Fresh Direct: Mini Seedless Cucumber Pack Nutrition
- USDA: Basic Report: 11205, Cucumber, with peel, raw
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Guidance for Industry: A Food Labeling Guide (14. Appendix F: Calculate the Percent Daily Value for the Appropriate Nutrients)
- MedlinePlus: Vitamin C
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