Should you really be eating cucumbers at night?

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1. Do you love cucumbers?

Cucumber is a widely loved and makes an easy snack to munch on. Have it raw or in a salad with dressings, the vegetable contains plenty of nutritional values. Not only is it a cooling snack to eat, it has a high source of Vitamin K, antioxidants as well as an anti-inflammatory flavonol called fisetin which plays an important role in promoting brain health.

2. Yes, cucumbers can be bad for you

While it is a norm in many households to eat cucumber salads alongside every meal, some people stay away from consuming the vegetable, especially during night time. Nutrition experts suggest you do the same. Wondering why?

3. What you eat for dinner effects your sleep pattern, literally

There is a reason why it is advised that you take your dinner a good 2-3 hours before you sleep and preferably, have a light meal, which wouldn’t prove too heavy on your digestive system. When you do eat something heavy or calorie-ridden, it can take a lot of time to digest and disturb your sleep cycle. That is why it is said that carbs are a big no-no for fitness enthusiasts post 7 p.m.

4. Are cucumbers REALLY an easy snack?

Now, some of the vegetables like carrots, celery, and even cucumber might look easy to eat and digest but they really aren’t. Even if you have them as a snack, you should know that these vegetables contain a good volume of water content in them. Cucumber, for that matter, is made up of 95% water. Having lots of it is sure to make you feel “full” and bloated and as a result, interrupt your sleep. Plus, there is another reason why you should only eat cucumber in a limited quantity. This is because you are taking in more water and are bound to fill up the bladder and urinate more during your sleep.

5. Do you have a sensitive stomach?

Cucumber is also not a friendly snack for people with sensitive stomachs. It contains an ingredient called cucurbitacin, which is a powerful ingredient, known to cause indigestion problems. Even a little growling or indigestion can lead to flatulence or burping, which again makes it difficult to rest with ease. People suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS) are advised to lessen their intake of cucumbers to aid digestion.

6. The right way to have cucumbers!

Again, make sure that whenever you have cucumbers, you do not immediately consume water after it. Given that cucumbers contain a lot of water already when you drink more water, you are diluting the nutrients present in the vegetable and getting minimal benefits from it.

Cucumbers, really aren’t so easy and fuss-free as you thought!

7. Bottomline

While we are not advocating that you drop cucumbers all together from your diet, one thing you should consider is having them before your dinner (at least 20-30 minutes before). For proper sleep, you should always have a light and healthy dinner and not have too much water which can disturb the balance.

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