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Since water is about 20% of our daily diet, watermelon can easily be 5-10% of it, and here are 6 major reasons why:
Watermelons are about 92 percent of water — but this refreshing fruit is loaded with essential nutrients (Vitamins and Minerals). Each juicy bite has significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of Lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids. There’s even a modest amount of potassium. Plus, this quintessential summer snack is fat-free, very low in sodium and has about 40 calories per cup.
Note: Lycopene is a phytonutrient, which is a naturally occurring compound in fruits and vegetables that reacts with the human body to trigger healthy reactions. It is also the red pigment that gives watermelons, tomatoes, red grapefruits and guavas their color.
Watermelons are just as good as water, and even better!
Lycopene has been linked with heart health, bone health and prostate cancer prevention. It’s also a powerful antioxidant thought to have anti-inflammatory properties.
To really get the best measure of lycopene, you should let your watermelon ripen.
Also, the goodness of watermelon should not be limited to only its red part. Every part of the fruit is good in its right. The white, fleshy part nearest to the rind is a bed of Citrulline.
Citrulline is a valuable amino acid that converts to the amino acid arginine. These amino acids promote blood flow, a prerequisite for optimal cardiovascular health, improved circulation, and erectile dysfunction improvement. If you want to have more of the last part, you might consider taking a lot of it.
There is an argument to be made for the seeds of watermelon, as they are rich in vitamins and minerals. But, there’s not much we can say for the green peel. Uhmm… No, not really.
It is important to note that foods that are high in antioxidants and amino acids enable your body to function optimally, refreshing muscles and joints, replenishing lost energy and ensuring adequate metabolism.
Now, let’s take a dive into the amazing health benefits of watermelon:
With the water content it boasts, and living up to the standards set by its name, watermelon is invariably the alternative water. Especially in hot weather conditions, a steady scoop or bite of watermelon can help you stay on your feet. This serves as a good alternative to carbonated drinks which present with sugar content.
Sweet water? Yes!
A Fruit For Sore Bones and Muscles:
If you indulge watermelon juice before intense workout or athletic performances, you’re safe. The presence of Citrulline and Arginine offer better blood flow and circulation, a process necessary to keep you ever fresh!
Choline is another antioxidant that occurs in watermelon.
It contributes to the following functions and activities:
learning and memory
maintaining the structure of cell membranes
the transmission of nerve impulses
early brain development
Collagen is the compound responsible for skin care. Watermelon may not come with that, that’d be unnatural but wait, it has Vitamin C! The body needs Vitamin C to produce collagen. So if you indulge this fruit, you may get that desired smooth, silky and shiny skin! *xoxo*
Nutritinal content of watermelon.
Maybe not the most fibre-rich fruit out there, but with a fair amount, enough to make up for its incompetence in that area, watermelon offers great digestive aid, when taken as a dessert.
Fiber can provide bulk for your stool, while water helps keep your digestive tract moving efficiently.
Eating water-rich and fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, including watermelon, can be very helpful because these nutrients help promote a healthy gut by preventing constipation and promoting regularity of bowel.
A Help for Beating Hearts:
In human life, hearts diseases are one of the top tier killers in the world. However, adopting great lifestyles including your diet, can be an easy and cheap route to promoting great heart health.
One can easily lower their susceptibility to strokes and heart attack by engaging in diets that help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Several nutrients in watermelon have specific benefits for heart health.
Studies suggest that lycopene may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It can also help prevent oxidative damage to cholesterol.
There might also be allergic reactions that occur with watermelon consumption. These reactions like hives, swelling and difficulty in breathing are mostly seen with the consumption of the seeds. It is important that people get help if this occurs, especially in cases of anaphylaxis, as it can be life threatening.
In summary, watermelons make a strong case for being the appropriate alternative to water and should be a definite addition to our daily diet. And remember, it’s more than just the red, juicy part, the white flesh and seeds are just as amazing!
Ezeani Uchechukwu, AKA Saddam Ninhor, currently undergoing B. TECH programme in Microbiology at Federal University of Technology, Owerri. Despite his science roots, he loves to dabble with words in short stories, poems and also shares knowledge of household and relationship efficiency.
He sets simple goals, working at his own pace to achieve them. This is greatly inspired by the words of Zig Ziglar; "go as far as you can see, when you get there, you will see further."
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