5 Things About Watermelon You Probably Did Not Know
If you think watermelon is nice but is only worth eating once in a while, take note! Watermelon is quite amazing. Here are five things we bet you probably don’t know about watermelon. Read on.
1. Rich in antioxidants
Watermelon is full of antioxidants and other useful nutrients, including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, choline and betaine. Woof. What a mighty nutritious fruit!
There are phenolic compounds in watermelon, like flavonoids, carotenoids and triterpenoids. What does this mean for you, oh lovely watermelon eater? It means that you’re getting some great natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant health benefits when you help yourself to a slice.
Watermelons contain more lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable! Lycopene is one of the carotenoids found in watermelon when it’s super ripe, so buy your melons ready to eat, or leave them in the sun if they don’t seem to be ripe yet. If you can see the inside, choose pink and reddish flesh over lighter colours. Lycopene is a nice inhibitor of many inflammatory processes, so it works with your body to fight diseases, and aids healing.
When stored in the fridge at 2 degrees for 48 hours, studies showed that there is no deterioration in the lycopene, so keep it like this up to seven days for best results.
Watermelon also contains a nice whack of vitamin C, which is of course great for your skin, your general health, and your energy levels. It’s anti-aging, too.
Citrulline is one of the amino acids found in this wonderful fruit. It’s getting a lot attention at the moment by scientists because it’s converted into arginine in the kidneys, which nourishes the body and lowers blood pressure, and improves erectile dysfunction! Citrulline may also improve the deposition of fat in the body, which helps prevent obesity and overweight. Excellent stuff.
2. Satisfies you
The high water content of watermelon, and it’s subtle flavour means that you can polish off quite a lot of watermelon but it’s extremely filling! The body drinks in all that great, energised water and puts it to work immediately. It flushes out your bladder and kidneys, and will give you a wonderful glow. You might find you’re going to loo more often, though, as well as some welcome water retention-reducing effects.
3. Great for pregnant women
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To find the best watermelon, look for organic, fresh, fully ripe watermelon. This is said to contain as much as 250 mg of citrulline per cupful. The flesh should be dark red to ensure a high lycopene content and from the outside, the melon should be firm smooth, with a yellowy “ground spot”, from where the melon was sat on the ground while it grew.
While your watermelon is whole, keep it in a dry, cool place. Once open, keep it in the fridge, as mentioned, in a sealed container, and eat some every day!!