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Surprising Health Benefits of Pickles

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Czerwony said pickles generally offer fiber, antioxidants as well as vitamins to support eye and heart health. Image for illustration purposes
Czerwony said pickles generally offer fiber, antioxidants as well as vitamins to support eye and heart health. Image for illustration purposes
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CLEVELAND CLINIC – There’s nothing like the crunch of a pickle on a good burger, but does the cookout staple have any health benefits?

“When it comes to the health benefits of pickles, it depends on the kind of pickle as well as the consumer,” explained Beth Czerwony, RD, registered dietitian for Cleveland Clinic. “It’s important to be mindful of any health conditions to determine how healthy pickles are for you, or how often you can consume them. The type of pickle that you like will also determine the health benefits.”

Czerwony said pickles generally offer fiber, antioxidants as well as vitamins to support eye and heart health.

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Fermented pickles, specifically, are a good source of probiotics, which are helpful for gut health.

Pickles are also often low in calories, but it’s important to remember that sweet pickles tend to have added sugar while dill pickles are high in sodium.

Aside from the pickle itself, Czerwony adds the juice can have other benefits because of the electrolytes.

“We’ve seen some people resolve cramping in their legs with a shot of pickle juice. Athletes will also often use pickle juice as an electrolyte replacement if they’re not using an oral rehydration solution,” Czerwony said.

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Although pickles have some health benefits, Czerwony said it’s important to read the label on your go-to jar.

You want to keep an eye on the amount of sugar and salt, especially for those with health conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure.

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