Why Watermelon is More than Just a Great Tasting Summer Fruit

Watermelon is one of my favorite fruits to eat, especially in the summer! Along with the summer parties and the hot summer days that make it taste so great, watermelon actually has some really cool aspects to it that makes it a great treat for everyone to have!

In an article I found from Dr. Mercola, he explains 6 amazing facts about watermelon and I wanted to share those with you guys! I will leave you with the link so you can view his article as well.

1. Watermelon Has More Lycopene Than Raw Tomatoes

“So what makes lycopene so important? Lycopene’s antioxidant activity has long been suggested to be more powerful than that of other carotenoids, such as beta-carotene. In one study, after controlling for other stroke risk factors, such as older age and diabetes, they found that men with the highest blood levels of lycopene were 55 percent less likely to have a stroke than those with the lowest.13

2. Watermelon Juice May Relieve Muscle Soreness

“This contains a little over one gram of l-citrulline, an amino acid that seems to protect against muscle pain.”

3. Watermelon Is a Fruit and a Vegetable

“Remember how watermelon is related to cucumbers, pumpkin, and squash? That’s because it’s part vegetable and part fruit (it’s a sweet, seed-producing plant, after all).5 The other clue that watermelon is both fruit and vegetable?”

4. You Can Eat Watermelon Rind and Seeds

“Most people throw away the watermelon rind, but try putting it in a blender with some lime for a healthy, refreshing treat.6 Not only does the rind contain plenty of health-promoting and blood-building chlorophyll, but the rind actually contains more of the amino acid citrulline than the pink flesh.7 ”

5. It’s Mostly Water

It will help you stay hydrated but you definitely need to be aware that it is does contain natural sugars!

6. Some Watermelon Are Yellow

“The Yellow Crimson watermelon has yellow flesh with a sweeter, honey flavor than the more popular pink-fleshed Crimson Sweet. It’s likely that yellow watermelon offers its own unique set of nutritional benefits, but most research to date has focused on the pink-fleshed varieties.11

These are the facts and some info i quoted from the article but I will leave you with the full link because it was that good!! I’m always finding out cool information about what we spend our time eating and it makes nutrition that much more interesting. Enjoy your watermelon even more now!!

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/07/21/watermelon-nutrition.asp

6 Watermelon Facts That Might Surprise You. (n.d.). Retrieved July 08, 2016, from http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/07/21/watermelon-nutrition.aspx

Emily M.

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