The humble pickle, most often referring to a pickled cucumber, has become quite trendy in recent years. But, are they good for you? We set out to find out what happens to the body when a person eats pickles everyday:
Too Much Salt?
Pickles are a sour, salty snack, and a great choice in moderation. Consuming a lot of pickles in a single serving, however, will likely provide you with more than your daily intake in sodium. Excessive salt can cause water retention and blood pressure spikes.
Studies have shown that pickles or similarly sour treats can be used as a nausea treatment for those suffering from morning sickness or a general stomach upset.
“Nausea and morning sickness can be relieved by consuming lemon, ginger flavor, or sour foods. And pickles are sour, tangy, and tart — all tastes that pregnant ladies tend to crave. They could help ease morning sickness to a certain extent,” Amanda Capriglione, a member of The Academy of Nutrition, said.
Additionally, fermented pickles can have probiotic benefits.
Cleveland Clinic states that pickles are high in antioxidants, vitamins A and K, and fiber.