WATERMELONS ARE ONE OF THE MOST-CONSUMED MELONS IN THE US, FOLLOWED BY HONEYDEW AND CANTALOUPE. IN FACT, IN THE U.S, JULY IS THE NATIONAL WATERMELON MONTH, WHICH TELLS A LOT ABOUT ITS POPULARITY AMONG AMERICANS.
3. Watermelon Is a Fruit and a Vegetable
Watermelon is related to squash, pumpkin, and cucumbers as it is part veggie and part fruit (due to its sweet taste). In other words, watermelon is both fruit and veggie!
4. You Can Eat Watermelon Rind and Seeds
Instead of disposing of the rind, put it in a blended with lime for a healthy, tasty, and refreshing treat. The rind contains plenty of blood-building chlorophyll as well as more citrulline than the flesh itself.
In the kidneys, citrulline is turned into arginine, a compound that is vital for the immune system and the heart health. In addition to this, it has been also shown to have potential therapeutic value in more than 100 health conditions.
The black watermelon seeds, which are also edible, are packed with nutrients like fiber, protein, zinc, and iron.
5. It’s Mostly Water
Being mostly water (91%), eating watermelon on a hot day is a delicious day to stay properly hydrated and prevent dehydration. However, note that eating a watermelon is not a substitute for drinking fresh water.
6. Some Watermelon Are Yellow
Crimson sweet is the most popular type, but the yellow crimson has a sweeter flavor. While most studies are focused on the first, the latter is likely to come with its own set of benefits.
Lycopene: Watermelon’s Nutritional Claim to Fame
Lycopene`s antioxidant activity has been shown to be more potent than that of beta-carotene and other carotenoids. In one particular study, after managing other stroke risk factors like diabetes and older age, it has been found that subjects with the highest lycopene levels were 55% less likely to have a stroke.
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