Watermelon is a delicious and refreshing fruit, without which we cannot even imagine summer. Many people think that this juicy fruit only consists of sugar and water, but they are so wrong. Eating watermelon is actually very beneficial for your body and we will explain why.
Watermelon’s Nutritional Value And Health Benefits
Watermelon is an annual herbaceous plant, which belongs to the pumpkin family. However, even today, we don’t know whether watermelon is a fruit or a vegetable. Vitamins in watermelon are found in the pulp, bark, and seeds, so this makes it very useful for the human body.
Watermelon contains vitamins C, B1, B2, B6, E, A, folic acid, beta-carotene, and so on. It also contains a huge amount of fiber, and important minerals such as potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Because of these minerals, watermelon is a great hydration ingredient. It contains more than 92 percent water, but the minerals are the important ones. These minerals can retrieve the salts that we lose when we sweat and keep our electrolytes balanced. It can also help you if you suffer from constipation.
Because of its magnesium and potassium content, it helps balance the blood pressure and improves blood circulation. Moreover, as we mentioned before watermelon is a good source of vitamin B6, which helps maintain proper homocysteine levels. In Asian medicine, watermelons are traditionally used to cleanse the kidneys, but also for other medical purposes.
Watermelons are rich in lycopene. They contain about 40 % more lycopene than tomatoes. Lycopene is actually a red pigment that gives watermelons and tomatoes their color, moreover, it is a powerful antioxidant. This antioxidant protects your cells from oxidative damage and helps them to function properly.
Furthermore, watermelon is a low-calorie food it contains only 46 calories/cup meaning it can aid your weight loss. Low-calorie foods reduce your appetite, keep you full for longer, and that helps you maintain a healthy weight.
Although everyone loves cold watermelon, by storing it in the refrigerator, it loses some of its properties, such as lycopene. However, once you cut it, put it in the fridge. Another important thing is you should always wash the watermelon before cutting. Because it grows on the ground and is touched by many people, the bark is very dirty even though it’s not visible. It is essential to wash it before cutting so that you don’t transfer the bacteria from the outside to the inside.
You can enjoy this summer refreshment as you like, make smoothies, fruit salads or eat it plain as it is.