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I am on blood thinners and i am not aloud to eat any kind of fruits or vegetables that have vitamin k in them which most that do are green so its pretty easy to determine if i can have it or not my question to you is: when you peel a cucumber is it still considered green and does it have vitamin k in it? i was also told that carrots have vitamin k in them is that true? and what other fruits and vegetables have vitamin k in them? thank you so much for your help! Jodi.

Hello Jodi,

You are correct that vitamin K is chiefly found in green leafy vegetables. These include spinach, lettuce, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, and brussel sprouts. Avocados, blackberries, blueberries, kiwifruits, olive oil and parsley are also a high source of vitamin K. However, cucumbers are not high in vitamin K, and therefore should not be a concern! Carrots tend to be high in vitamin A and vitamin C, not vitamin K and should also not be a concern. Check out Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Cucumbers  since you now know they are not high in vitamin K!

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