Summers’ are synonymous with heat, sweat, dehydration and the refreshing watermelon! If you thought that watermelons are just a thirst quenching summer treat then think again. Most people think watermelon is just water and sugar as it contains 92% of water, but its packed with nutrients that makes it the ideal snack to beat the heat and get nourished.
Some studies have shown that they are good for cardiovascular diseases, colon cancer and diabetes too.They are rich in Vitamin A, B6 and C and potassium. What’s more, they are low in calories and contains no fat or cholesterol. Some of the health benefits are
Good for your heart –
Watermelons are rich in lycopene, carotenoid antioxidant that gives fruits and vegetables a pink or red color. Lycopene has been linked with heart health, bone health and prostate cancer prevention.
Relieves muscle soreness –
New research has found that watermelon contains a little over one gram of l-citrulline, an amino acid that seems to protect against muscle pain.
It’s completely edible –
Most of us throw away the rind (the green shell), but did you know that it is completely edible. Try putting it in a blender and add some lemon to it, to make a healthy smoothie.
Do you have trouble picking the right watermelon?
Don’t worry, it’s quite simple. Always choose one that is symmetrical and firm without any cuts and bruises. Turn it over and you will see a yellow colour on one side. The yellow area is a good sign as it shows that the watermelon was rested on the ground while ripening under the sun. It is also an indication that your melon is sweeter and juicer. Slap your melon and if it sounds hollow, then it is ripe.
Here’s a fun fact – Did you know that there are yellow watermelons too ? Do you know of any more fun facts about watermelon ? Let us know.
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