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Post  FinchG on Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:05 pm

I was just reading on a site by finch breeder and he said there is no nutrional value in a cucumber, so why feed them to your finches, and since I am going to start feeding my finches cucumbers, I looked it up and found this information:

<p>Cucumbers provide us with a variety of health-supportive phytonutrients. Included among these phytonutrients are flavonoids (apigenin, luteolin, quercetin, and kaempferol), lignans (pinoresinol, lariciresinol, and secoisolariciresinol), and triterpenes (cucurbitacins A, B, C, and D).
Cucumbers are an excellent source of anti-inflammatory vitamin K. They are also a very good source of the enzyme-cofactor molybdenum. They are also a good source of free radical-scavenging vitamin C; heart-healthy potassium and magnesium, bone-building manganese, and energy-producing vitamin B5. They also contain the important nail health-promoting mineral silica.

NutrientAmountDV(%)NutrientDensityWorld's HealthiestFoods Rating
Cucumber
1.00 cup
104.00 grams
15.60 calories
vitamin K17.06 mcg21.324.6excellent
molybdenum5.20 mcg6.98.0very good
vitamin C2.91 mg4.85.6good
potassium152.88 mg4.45.0good
manganese0.08 mg4.04.6good
magnesium13.52 mg3.43.9good
tryptophan0.01 g3.13.6good
vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)0.27 mg2.73.1good
World's HealthiestFoods RatingRule
excellentDV>=75%ORDensity>=7.6ANDDV>=10%
very goodDV>=50%ORDensity>=3.4ANDDV>=5%
goodDV>=25%ORDensity>=1.5ANDDV>=2.5%

<p>In-Depth Nutritional Profile for Cucumbers
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Hmmm, does that mean some finch experts don't know everything, or does it mean, don't believe everything you read without doing some research. I think the references about the cucunber sums it up. FinchG


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