Watermelon fruit also known as Citrullus Lanatas fruit has a smooth hard rind, usually green with dark green stripes or yellow spots, and a juicy, sweet interior flesh, usually deep red to pink, but sometimes orange, yellow, or white, with many seeds. The fruit can be eaten raw or cooked and is made up of only water and sugar. Watermelon seeds are loaded with nutrients including fatty acids, essential proteins and lots of minerals. It is actually considered a nutrient dense food, a food that provides a high amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for a low amount of calories. Let’s see amazing health benefits of watermelon.
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Watermelons arrived in China in the tenth century and today, China is the world’s largest producer watermelons. Early, Egyptians placed watermelons in the tombs of the dead to provide them with food in the afterlife. Watermelons likely arrived in the Americas with slaves brought over from Africa.
Nutrition Values, Facts and Calories in Watermelon
Amount Per 100 grams contain
Total Fat 0.2 g
Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g
Potassium 112 mg
Total Carbohydrate 8 g
Dietary fiber 0.4 g
Sugar 6 g
Protein 0.6 g
Vitamin A 11%
Vitamin C 13%
Health Benefits of Watermelon
Decreases the Risk of Obesity
watermelon decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, overall lower weight.
Rich in Water
Watermelon fruit is 91% water, contains 6% sugars, and is low in fat.
Boosts Immune System
Watermelon also contains vitamin B-6. B-6 is important for: a. Helping our immune systems generate antibodies for fighting disease b. Breaking down proteins in the body
Rich in Vitamin and Minerals
Watermelon also contains thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, choline, lycopene and betaine. According to the National Watermelon Promotion Board, watermelon contains more lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable.
Watermelon Reduces Body Fat. The citrulline in watermelon has been shown to reduce the accumulation of fat in our fat cells. Citrulline is an amino acid which converts into arginine with help from the kidneys.
Keeps Your Eye Healthy
The vitamin A in watermelon keeps eyes healthy and boosts immunity by enhancing white blood cells infection-fighting powers.
Watermelon is rich in antioxidants such as lycopene which contains twice the amount found in tomatoes. Watermelon also contains vitamin C, A. These compounds play an active role in the fight several cancers such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, uterine cancer, lung cancer, colorectal cancer by protecting cells from free radicals damage to vehicles.
Diuretic & Kidney Support
Watermelon is a natural diuretic which helps increase the flow of urine but does not strain the kidneys. Watermelons help the liver process ammonia (waste from protein digestion) which eases the strain on the kidneys while getting rid of excess fluids.
Good Intake for Athletes
Watermelon is a favorite of athletes. Drinking watermelon juice prior to intense physical workouts aids in reducing athletes’ heart rate in addition to decreasing next-day muscle soreness.
Postmenopausal women who take watermelon extract supplements showed improved cardiovascular health.
Some of the popular methods to have this fruit in your diet is eating watermelon raw, drinking watermelon juice, cut and use it in salad preparations, cake and recipes.