Pickles are usually not featured as the star in many dishes, including ball park hot dogs and deli sandwiches. However, this does not mean they don’t deserve the spotlight. Pickles are very nutritious and are considered vegetables with low calories. When served in the right size, pickles can be a great and delicious part of your diet.
In the west, pickles are made from gherkins, cucumbers, and other vegetables that are soaked in vinegar. According to the NSDA, western pickles have moisture, protein, fat, energy, dietary fiber, sugars, and carbohydrates. They also contain minerals, such as iron, potassium, sodium, and phosphorous among others. Vitamins are present as well, including vitamin A, B-6, B-12, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, and vitamin C.
NOT JUST THESE ABOVE, PICKLES ALSO PROVIDE THESE BENEFITS:
- Antioxidants- they protect us from free radicals
- Probiotic- these are the good gut bacteria also named probiotics and make digestion healthy. But, with taking antibiotics you damage the inside flora. So, eat pickles to replenish this.
- Hepatoprotection- healthy gut is great, but liver must be healthy too. Many studies proved that chemicals damage our liver and pickles can restore its health.
- Ulcer issues- if you have the ulcer issues there is some inside wound that bothers the body since the mucous membrane and acids clash together with the tissues. The most common is gastric ulcer due to weak mucous membrane. Other times, it is hyperacidity. Pickles prevent the ulcers.
- Diabetes managing- studies claimed that pickles in vinegar improve the hemoglobin in diabetics. This is due to acetic acid in the vinegar that controls the diabetes levels.
You see, pickles are indeed healthy and amazing to consume. But, not every kind is the same. Some are too salted and make you retain water longer in the body and cause diabetes worsening or hypertension.