by Niki Kefala
I can’t imagine a summer without eating watermelon. This juicy, sweet fruit makes a nice combination with cheese. I’m sure that you will love it! Despite being a great source of many nutrients, watermelon is made up of 92% water, so what is better of this great fruit in a hot summer day? You can say goodbye to dehydration right away.
Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of watermelon decreases the risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Watermelon also very low in calories at just 30 calories per 100 gr, and carries minimal fats and is part of a healthy diet.
Do you know why? Watermelon contains thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, choline (a nutrient, that to name a few, aids our mind in learning and memory) and betaine. It also contains vitamin A, a nutrient that keeps your hair moisturized and your skin perfect healthy and without wrinkles. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin-A is known to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
As an excellent source of Vitamin C, as well as other antioxidants, watermelon can stop the formation of free radicals that cause cancer. In addition, because of its water and fiber content, helps to prevent constipation. If you are an athlete, watermelon is the right choice for you as improves recovery time following exercise. Moreover, watermelon is a good source of potassium, an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
Lycopene is an another nutrient that you can find in watermelons. It is a powerful carotenoid antioxidant that gives fruits and vegetables a pink or red color. It’s most often associated with tomatoes but watermelon is actually a more concentrated source. Knowing all this, I am sure that this is my favourite summer fruit! What about you, is watermelon part of your balanced diet?