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The Wonders of Watermelon

This summer fruit favorite may remind you of sitting on the porch spitting seeds as a child, but it also packs a healthy punch. Here are 10 reasons you should indulge in the mild-mannered melon and a few fresh ways to consume it.

  1. Hydration: Watermelon is composed of about 92% water, making it a great choice for staying hydrated and maintaining proper bodily functions.

  2. Nutrient-Rich: Watermelon is a good source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and magnesium, which support overall health.

  3. Antioxidant Support: Watermelon contains antioxidants like lycopene and beta-carotene, which help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body and may contribute to reduced risk of chronic diseases.

  4. Heart Health: The high levels of lycopene in watermelon have been associated with improved heart health by reducing the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure.

  5. Skin Health: The presence of vitamins A and C in watermelon can promote healthy skin by supporting collagen production and protecting the skin from oxidative stress.

  6. Muscle Recovery: Watermelon contains citrulline, an amino acid that may help alleviate muscle soreness and improve exercise recovery.

  7. Weight Management: Watermelon is low in calories and provides a satisfying sweetness, making it a good option for those looking to manage their weight.

  8. Digestive Health: The fiber content in watermelon can contribute to a healthy digestive system by promoting regular bowel movements and preventing constipation.

  9. Immune System Support: Vitamin C in watermelon helps boost the immune system, aiding the body's defense against infections and illnesses.

  10. Cancer Prevention: Some studies suggest that the antioxidants and compounds found in watermelon, such as lycopene, may have potential anti-cancer effects, particularly in reducing the risk of certain types of cancers.

Though watermelon may seem to have a lot of sugar, it's also full of water and fiber to help balance it. At about 10 grams of sugar per cup of fruit, it's way less sugar than a candy bar or cup of soda. Or a cup of cereal. So don't feel guilty about snacking.

How can you get more watermelon in your daily diet?

  1. Agua fresca - a delicious drink of blended watermelon, water, lime, and mint. So refreshing on a hot day.

  2. Make Agua fresca and freeze in popsicle form!

  3. Watermelon salad with red onion, a white balsamic vinaigrette, and feta cheese - it is sweet and savory, easy to make, and totally delicious.

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