Summer is probably my most favorite time of year! Not only because it is hot and sunny, but oh - the food! Creativity on the barbecue is key! I grab fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans from the garden; visit the local farms and pick fresh fruit.
This turns in to fresh strawberries over homemade short cake, grilled zucchini and peaches on the grill. Soooo many choices of healthy, juicy, luscious foods to add into my diet that makes me feel good and improves my health.
I agree with Krysta's blog on Monday about watermelon becoming a food group (nutrition.gov) in the summer. It has to be my favorite - I can eat a half of one every day! I eat it, juice it, add it to other recipes - the options are endless. But this fruit isn't just a good tasting treat on a hot day. The nutritional properties of watermelon can improve your health. For beginners, a one cup serving size of watermelon has:
- Only 46 Calories; 0 grams Fat and Cholesterol; 11 grams Carbohydrates; 1 gram Dietary Fiber; 1 gram Protein; 2 mg Sodium; 865 IU Vitamin A; Less 1 mg of Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Thiamin and Vitamin B6; 12 mg Vitamin C; 11 mg Calcium; 170 mg Potassium; 7,481 micrograms Carotenoids
Because it is loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids (proteins) such as L-Citruline, which creates L-arginine, and Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. (You may be saying "HUH?" on the last few - but read below and I will share.)
Watermelon is full of nutritional benefits.
Like what you ask? It is good for:
- Arthritis, kidney and bladder issues - because it is 92% water it is a natural diuretic thus reducing inflammation. This is also great for pregnant women and water retention.
- Cholesterol - A University of Kentucky (Oct. 2011) study showed that watermelon in mice reduced fat mass and cholesterol. Watermelon also provides good HDL cholesterol.
- Asthma and overall healing - the antioxidants, Vitamin C, A, and Carotenoids by combating free radicals.
- Blood pressure, prehypertension, and atherosclerosis - According to the American Journal of Hypertension, Dr. Arturo Figueroa, lead food scientist, from Florida State University conducted a study which indicated that eating watermelon can help reduce these risks aiding in the prevention of heart attacks and strokes.
- Cancer (prostate cancer) - the pink middle (in most watermelons) or meat of the melon is high in lycopene and carotenoids reduces the risk of cancer especially prostate cancer.
- It is even good for skin care - just rub it on your face and leave the juice on for 10 minutes before washing to help control blemishes.
|Watermelon a great summer snack and Lycopene rich food.|
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*Please note: even though watermelon is a great source of nutrients, it is not a replacement for your prescription medications, so do not give those up.