Doctor Debunks the Myth of the “Deadly Salad” of Cucumbers and Tomatoes

There is a version that cucumbers and tomatoes cannot be combined. However, Oksana Skitalinska has a different opinion and explained why. Dietitian Oksana Skitalinska debunked the myth about the danger of eating what is probably the most popular summer salad. It is a salad of cucumbers and tomatoes.

There is a lot of talk on the Internet that cucumbers and tomatoes should not be combined. They say that it’s all about the cucumber enzyme ascorbate oxidase, which destroys vitamin C contained in tomatoes. Skitalinska expressed her opinion on the matter.

“Cucumbers are healthy. Especially with the peel, because almost all the valuable components of vitamins, minerals, and the “compound of youth” cucurbitacin are collected in the peel and immediately under it. What’s under the skin is almost all water, a lot of potassium, and a little fiber. There are so few calories that it’s ridiculous to call it a diet – you can safely eat a bucket of cucumbers and not gain too much (though the “laxative” effect can leave a cucumber diet in your memory for a long time),” the nutritionist said.

As for the combination of cucumbers and tomatoes, Ms. Skitalinska said: “In fact, there is very little recombinase enzyme in cucumbers and little vitamin C in tomatoes. In addition, natural vitamin C is always protected from destruction by bioflavonoids, and tomatoes contain a lot of them. And when the chewed mixture of cucumbers and tomatoes gets into the stomach, only residues of ascorbate will remain there, and even those will be inactivated by the gastric juice,” Skitalinska explained.

According to her, if you add balsamic vinegar or lemon juice to the salad, the activity of ascorbate will decrease even more.

“So continue to eat cucumbers and tomatoes, add lots of herbs, especially parsley, as well as onions and garlic. Not only will you survive, but you can live longer if you have such salads in your diet every day,” the nutritionist summarized.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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