Some foods are fun to eat, and watermelon is definitely one of them.
That triangular wedge of bright red/white/green, sweet juiciness
forbids us to take life too seriously and shouts, "SUMMER!!!"
As if that weren't enough, watermelon is packed full of nutrition,
hydrates and is low-fat. While many of us think of watermelon as a great
snack option, when you tally up its nutritive value, you might consider
making this all-star a feature player in your cuisine.
Watermelons are an excellent source
of several vitamins: vitamin A, which helps maintain eye health and is
an antioxidant; vitamin C, which helps strengthen immunity,
heal wounds, prevent cell damage, promote healthy teeth and gums; and
vitamin B6, which helps brain function and helps convert protein to
Tomatoes have been highly touted as a great source for lycopene, a powerful antioxidant
that helps fight heart disease and several types of cancer — prostate
cancer in particular. Watermelon, however, has the highest
concentrations of lycopene of any fresh fruit or vegetable.
If your little ones don't dig into
their swiss chard, lima beans or spinach — all great sources of
potassium — consider offering them a serving of watermelon instead. It
is a great source of potassium, which helps muscle and nerve function,
helps maintain the body's proper electrolyte and acid-base balance, and
helps lower the risk of high blood pressure.
Watermelon also contains the amino
acids citrulline and arginine, which can help maintain arteries, blood
flow and overall cardiovascular function.
Alone or in a fruit salad are the
most common ways many of us eat watermelon. While eating the meat of the
fruit is the best way to take advantage of all of its nutrients, this
is one of my favorite bits of summer refreshment.
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