Pickles: A Low Calorie Snack
Pickles can be a part of a healthy snack, side dish and condiment.
Depending on the ingredients used and the method that went into fermenting the pickle, pickles are great for most diets because they are low in calories, one serving 17 calories and low in fat, one serving .2 grams of fat, high in fiber, one cup 2 grams of fiber (good for regularity of digestive system and cancer), as a cucumber contains antioxidants.
Pickles made with vinegar are known to boost the immune system, ease digestion, break down calcium deposits in joints and help fight infection. Vinegar is also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. It can inhibit growth of e. coli when used in conjunction with salt (common in pickling).
However, a patient with hypertension should avoid eating pickles as they are loaded with sodium. If you have further questions as pickles as a healthy snack or would like to have a food sensitivity test please feel free to contact me at 626.893.7244.