Watermelon

Bridie Flanagan

Tipperary, Ireland

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Info I found at http://www.buzzle.com/articles/nutritional-valu...

Nutritional Value of Watermelon Seeds

The seeds of watermelon are eaten in many parts of the world, some eat them raw and dried, while some prefer them roasted. Many add them to their soups and salad, to increase their foods nutritional quotient. Watermelon is high in proteins; essential and non-essential amino acids,and dietary fiber. Besides that, it is a rich source of many nutrients like calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, phosphorous, etc. Also, preserving watermelon seeds is easy. As you consume the fleshy fruit, remove all the seeds with a small teaspoon and wash them well under running water. Dry them and store them in an air tight container.

Nutritional Value of Watermelon Juice

Watermelon juice is extremely refreshing and hydrating. One glass of watermelon juice per day will keep the body well hydrated, as just 100 ml of it contains; 93% water, 8% sugar, and approximately 50 calories! Full of cancer fighting anti-oxidants, and vital minerals and vitamins, watermelon juice will always ensure good health for you and your kids!

Watermelon Health Benefits

Carotenoids: Watermelon is a concentrated source of carotenoids; lycopene, lutein, phytofluene, phytoene, beta-carotene and neurosporene, with lycopene present in maximum quantity. Carotenoids are antioxidants in nature, which is essential for controlling free radicals. Unchecked free radicals can cause diseases such as cancer, and increases the risks of various cardiovascular diseases.

Bone Health: As watermelon is high on calcium, it helps build up strong bones. Watermelon also contains vitamin C and beta-carotene, which helps in the production of collagen, a substance that holds together muscles and bones. Together, these nutrients not only help alleviate the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, but prevent its occurrence too.

Heart Health: The antioxidant properties of watermelon strengthen and boost the immune system, and help the body in fighting off various infections. Medical studies also indicate that watermelon nutritional value is unchallenged when it comes to reducing the risk of heart attack, and other coronary diseases.

Hydration: Watermelon is not called the queen of fruits during summer time for nothing. With 93% of its weight being water, this fruit can not only quench thirst but provide the body with adequate amount of hydration and internal lubrication, thus saving the body from ill effects of dehydration.

Potassium: Adequate potassium in the body inhibits an unprecedented rise in blood pressure, thereby reducing the risk for hypertension, stroke and occurrence of kidney stones, and promoting smooth functioning of the heart and kidneys.

Weight Watcher: Low on calories and high on all other nutrients, watermelons are a weight watcher’s favored food. Eating it regularly in your diet, as a mid day snack, or as part of the main meal gives a feeling of fullness, with the right mix of health!

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