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Watermelon is Full of Health Benefits

WebMD Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH,RD,LD on June 17, 2018

Watermelons red color inside comes from lycopene, an antioxidant. Watermelon has more of this nutrient than any other fruit or vegetable.                                        

Watermelon can be good for your heart.  It is rich in an amino acid called citrulline.  Citrulline helps move your blood and can lower your blood pressure.                     

Watermelon has a natural pigment called beta-cryptoxanthin that could protect your joints from inflammation.

Watermelon gives you more than 30% of the vitamin D you need each day.

Watermelon is 92% water.  Great for hydration!

Watermelon has vitamin A, B6, and C which are all great for the skin.  A recipe for a face mask includes; 1 T watermelon juice and 1 T greek yogurt mixed together. 10 min.                                                        

Watermelon can soothe a sweet tooth without all the calories. Fat free, low cholesterol and no sodium.  Sorbet recipe; puree watermelon in blender, add a squeeze of lime juice and freeze.

Watermelon has high water content, antioxidants and amino acids which all help during a workout and add to that potassium which helps with cramping.

Watermelon keeps your blood glucose levels steady.

Watermelon is easy on the digestive system.

Watermelon seeds are ok to swallow if one slides down by mistake.  They actually have nutrients as well.

Watermelon is best when free from nicks, dents and bruises.  Find one with a yellow spot on the bottom not white.  It can keep up to 5 days in the refrigerator and can be frozen for smoothies.

Be creative when thinking of ways to eat watermelon; salads, sorbet, smoothies and more.    Always wash the outside of the melon before cutting.                      





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