HoniAnn loves watermelon in the summer. I do too, but had cut back on it because I thought I should cut down on the sugars in my diet (generally a good idea). Then I saw this article on the nutritional benefits of watermelon and now I’m eating a small chunk each day. We live and learn. Look at this watermelon profile.
Watermelon is a nutrient-dense food containing high amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for a low amount of calories. One cup will provide 17% of Vitamin A, 21% of C, 2% of iron, and 1% of iron. You will also get doses of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, choline, lycopene and betaine. You get more lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable. On top of all that, melon is 92% water, making it the perfect recovery food after working in the sun. All of this for only 43 calories per cup. Who knew?
Taking all of these qualities together, it is contended that you will help build protective walls against obesity, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, high blood pressure, and cancer while improving digestion and regularity, hydration, inflammation and muscle soreness. All the while, these nutrients improve hair and skin.
I’m a convert. Especially with Blue Bell coming back and tempting me from the freezer shelves, it’s now watermelon for recovery and dessert (okay, so everyday except Sunday when I will have my Blue Bell. Whoo hoo!).